More than one crore homes of Andhra Pradesh will receive internet connections, rent-free telephone and cable TV by next year.
The Andhra Pradesh State Fibernet Limited (APSFL), will implement the AP Fibre Grid project to provide services at tariffs starting as low as Rs 149 for 5 GB at 15 MBPS speed and 250 TV channels and a free telephone connection.
Apart from households, 50,000 schools and educational institutions, all government offices, more than 5,000 government hospitals and health centres and all panchayat offices in Andhra Pradesh will benefit from this scheme.
The scheme was launched by President Ram Nath Kovind who also dedicated the Andhra Pradesh Survelliance Project, a drone project, to the nation at state secretariat in Amaravati.
“A cloud-based virtual classroom service will benefit students in rural areas, and the spreading of Internet services would help in health care using tele-medicine. The use of drones would help in getting real-time information, which in turn will help the government and district administrations to improve safety and policing,” said the President.
The APSFL has already laid more than 23,000 km of the required 55,000 km of optical fibre cables in 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh.
After the completion of the first phase, the second phase envisages connecting all 9,000 gram panchayats from mandal headquarters.
Horizontal connectivity from gram panchayats to schools and other educational institutions, primary health centres and government offices will be given through WiFi.