March 28, 2012

Telecom Links in All Villages by 2014, says BSNL

BSNL, the state-owned Telecom Company of India has planned to establish links in all villages of the country including rural, far-flung areas through an ambitious Rs 20,000 crore project by 2014.

"The Rs 20,000 crore project for the creation of a 'National Optical Fibre Network' (NOFN) for providing internet and other telecommunications connectivity to villages has been launched recently. It would be completed by the next two years," BSNL CMD R.K. Upadhyaya told in Agartala on Saturday.

BSNL hopes that they could provide banking, health and other basic services online up to the villages and rural areas through NOFN.

The senior BSNL official also informed that, to improve the telecommunications connectivity in the northeastern region, BSNL has undertaken projects to upgrade the existing Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) network and RailTel cable network. Currently, BSNL has OFC networks with some European countries, Nepal, Myanmar and Bhutan, he also told.

Currently, 80 percent of the landline connections, 90 percent of the broadband connections and around 30 percent of the mobile connections in India have been provided by BSNL.

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