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Govt to discuss national optical fibre network project with states

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Ravi Shankar Prasad

The Centre will discuss the national optical fibre network project (NOFN) with the states, seeking their greater participation in the ambitious project.

According to reports, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will conduct a meeting of IT ministers and secretaries of all the states on May 29 to discuss the project.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 11 had reviewed the project. He also discussed a report submitted by former IT Secretary J Satyanarayana-led committee to fast-track the NOFN.

The committee had recommended  proposed to rename the project as BharatNet. involvement It has recommended involvement of private secto,  increased role of state governments, use of satellites and radiowaves for providing connectivity to certain areas, among others.

In order to ensure equity in access and to accelerate the socio-economic growth in the rural areas, the Government has planned to connect all 2,50,000 Gram Panchayats in the country with minimum 100 Mbps bandwidth under the National Optical Fibre Network Project (NOFN).

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