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Era of Digital India begins


The News Bureau, Jan 10



Minister for Communications and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad will commission India’s First Hi-Speed Rural Broadband Network in Idukki, Kerala under the Digital India programme at a function to be held in Thiruvananthapuram on January 12.

A new era of Digital India begins. National optical fibre network (NOFN), the largest rural connectivity in the world, seeks to link 2.5 lakh gram panchayats

gp) through broadband optical fibre network linking over 600 million rural citizens.

In the first phase NOFN would cover 50,000 GPs. Later, 2,00,000 GPs would be covered by 2016. The project is being implemented by BSNL, PGCIL and Railtel.

Gigabit passive optical network equipment used in the project has been indigenously designed and developed by C-DOT. The project will be managed by Bharat broadband network through Network Management System.


NOFN is envisaged as a non-discriminatory telecom infrastructure, which will bridge the gap in rural telecom access. It would enable 2.5 lakh GPs to have 100 Mbps of bandwidth facilitating the delivery of e-services and applications including e-health, e-education, e-governance and e-commerce in future.

This will also enable delivery of various services such as local planning, management, monitoring and payments under government schemes at panchayat level. Idukki will become the

first district to have all its GPs connected through NOFN.

Digital India is a flagship programme of the Central Government, which aims at transforming India into a digitally empowered society. Broadband connectivity to citizens is one of the key objectives of Digital India.

NOFN opens access for mobile operators, cable TV Operators. It also launches next generation services and creates employment in e-commerce, IT outsourcing, e-banking, e-health and e-education.


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