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A total of 144,218 Gram Panchayats had been made broadband / internet connectivity service ready as on September 11 under the BharatNet project, Sanjay Dhotre, Union minister of state for communications, education and electronics and information technology said in the Lok Sabha.
About BharatNet Project
- BharatNet project originally aimed to provide broadband services at 100 Mbps to around 2.5 lakh gram panchayats of the country.
- It is a highly scalable network infrastructure accessible on a non-discriminatory basis, to provide on demand, affordable broadband connectivity of 2 Mbps to 20 Mbps for all households of India especially in rural areas.
- It is the world’s largest rural connectivity scheme to be connected by the Optical Fibre network.
- The entire project is being funded by Universal service Obligation Fund (USOF), which was set up for improving telecom services in rural and remote areas of the country.
- The project is being implemented by Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) through a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV).
- Central Public Sector in Undertakings (CPSUs) BSNL, RailTel, and PGCIL are providing the optical fibre network for broadband connections for the BharatNet project.