National Broadband Network

The Government has approved creation of National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) for providing broadband connectivity to all Panchayats. The plan is to extend the existing optical fibre network initially upto Panchayats by utilizing the Universal Services Obligation Fund (USOF) and creating an institutional mechanism for management and operation of the UOFN for ensuring non discriminatory access to all service providers. 

The National Informatics Centre (NIC) has been assigned a project by DoT/USOF for carrying out the Geo Information System (GIS) mapping of the existing OFC network of the various Telecom Operators such as BSNL, RailTel, Power Grid etc and the work is in progress. 

As per the approval of the Cabinet, the action for establishing and operationalising Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) has been initiated for management and operation of the NOFN and ensuring non-discriminatory access to all service providers. The network proposed, under the scheme, is to be completed in two years’ time. The cost of initial phase of the NOFN scheme is likely to be in the region of Rs. 20,000 crores. 

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