BharatNet aims to bring internet access to every village home

The government could emulate the ‘Saubhagya’ model of electricity distribution in rural areas to widen the scope of its national broadband project and facilitate each village home surf the online, senior officers tuned in to the arrange same. India’s broadband project, ‘BharatNet’, envisages delivering broadband property to 250,000 gram panchayats village councils, conjointly the Centre is currently deliberating that the project shouldn't stop there however also offer web affiliation to each village home.

Under ‘Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana’, or ‘Saubhagya’, electricity is to be provided to almost forty million village homes by the tip of this year.
The officers cited earlier told ET that cupboard secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha and secretary, communications, Aruna Sundararajan, have mentioned the feasibleness of victimization this model to bridge the web property gap.
The point in time for rollout of fiber underneath BharatNet is March 2019, however the Centre hopes to realize this by the tip of the year. So far, about 150,000 gram panchayats are connected.

According to the officers, the Centre desires web property to succeed in public establishments in villages comparable to faculties, post offices, police stations and medical establishments, and even more, which sanctioning infrastructure ought to be created through the general public personal partnership (PPP) mode or different business models to confirm that Wi-Fi property reaches each range in all villages.

“The government has electrified all villages of the country by egg laying power lines and is currently implementing ‘Saubhagya’ theme to confirm electricity reaches all four large integer unelectrified homes by finish of 2018. web ought to follow identical analogy,” one in every of the senior officers cited earlier same.

The thinking is that the govt. shouldn't be glad with broadband simply reaching a village, like just in case of power lines and electricity poles, however conjointly produce sanctioning infrastructure to form it reach each unit in a very village.

The move is seen deepening web penetration within the country that, as of Sep last year, stood at a dismal thirty three.22 subscribers per one hundred persons.
The communications ministry is claimed to possess started operating with states to line up community Wi-Fi hotspots in villages and supply broadband affiliation to any or all key public establishments in these areas.

The 42,068-crore BharatNet project, started in 2012 as National fiber Network (NoFN) project, has logged slow progress. Its 1st section of connecting one hundred,000 gram panchayats was completed solely last year. Work on the second section is presently on.


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