India’s first Hi-Speed Rural Broadband Network to be commissioned in Kerala

North Gazette News/New Delhi
India’s first Hi-Speed Rural Broadband Network would commissioned in Kerala’s Idukki district on January 12, 2015 by Union Communications & IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Prasad would commission India’s first Hi-Speed Rural Broadband Network under Digital India Program in a function that would organised at Thiruvananthapuram on January.

Communications & IT ministry spokesperson said that Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Industry & IT Minister P K Kunhalikutty, Panachayats & Social Welfare Minister M K Muneer, Irrigation minister P J Joseph, opposition leader V S Achuthanandan, BJP state chief V Muraleedharan and Idukki MP Joice George would also be present on the occasion.

“The event marks a key milestone in ushering in a new era of Digital India and National Optic Fibre Network is the largest rural connectivity project of its kind in the world. It seeks to link each of the 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats of India through Broadband optical fibre network. On its completion, NOFN is expected to facilitate Broadband connectivity to over 600 million rural citizens of the country,” the spokesperson said.

He added that the NOFN project is is being funded by the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF), Telecom Department under Union Communications & IT ministry that is envisaged as a non-discriminatory telecom infrastructure, which will bridge the gap in rural telecom access.

“After the commissioning of hi speed network in Kerala’s Idukki district, the residents of this relatively inaccessible tribal districts would be connected by hi-speed internet network. This would also make Idukki district in the country to have all its GPs connected through NOFN,” the spokesperson added.