Andhra Pradesh Government has launched a project to introduce overhead optic fibre cable (OFC) network for cable TV and internet connections, the first-ever by any state in the country. The proposed length of the OFC network is be about 23,000km.
The project, under which electricity poles will be used for the overhead cable network, is going to prove a huge money saver for the state government: about Rs 4,000 crore is required to lay the underground cable, whereas the overhead optic fibre network is estimated to cost much less, Rs 330 crore. This way it will save about Rs 3,700 crore.
Being executed as part of the central government’s ‘Bharat Net’ project, it is aimed at providing high speed internet connection up to 15 mbps to all households for a meagre Rs 150 a month. On demand, broadband connection with a bandwidth between 100 mbps and one gbps will be made available to commercial establishments.
Even though the Andhra Government is creating the network, it will not directly provide the broadband or cable TV connection to individual subscribers. A multiple-system operator (MSO) will serve as an agency between the subscribers and the State Government. It is estimated that there are about 10,000 MSOs in the state and the government will utilise their services.
According to reports, the work has already started in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam districts. The entire Rayalaseema and Nellore districts will be covered soon. The grid is expected to be completed by June next year.