BharatNet Phase 2 Use ‘Made in India’ Equipment Only Launching on Monday


BharatNet Phase 2 Use ‘Made in India’ Equipment: BharatNet is a project where the internet is taken deep into the rural areas with the help of funding from government. As the project has reached phase 2, the government has proposed a subsidy of Rs 3,600 crore to private telcos such as Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Idea Cellular and Reliance Jio through viability gap funding, for setting up Wi-Fi in rural areas as part of the second phase.

The Phase 1 of BharatNet is all set to complete by the end of 2017. This will give fibre connectivity to 1 lakh gram panchayats at an investment of Rs 11,200 crore. The government intends to double the fibre to 20 lakh km by March 2019 under phase 2 of the project, with an overall investment of Rs 34,000 crore. This is a very good news for many of the gram panchayats in India.

BharatNet Phase 2 Use ‘Made in India’ Equipment:

Telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan said the government wants to create a stronger local manufacturing base in the critical project, which will provide internet-fiber connectivity across 2.5 lakh gram panchayats by March 2019. Also, the government will set up as many as 7.5 lakh Wi-Fi hotspots in these locations. “We expect telecom operators to provide at least 2-megabit-per-second speed to rural households,” the telecom secretary said.

“The technology — which is low on maintenance and designed for rugged terrains — has been indigenously developed by C-DoT. It is being used by the local companies for Bharat Net project,” Sundararajan said, adding that the project work handled by local makers is to the tune of Rs 5,000 crore in the two phases of Bharat Net.

The government is offering bandwidth at rates which are nearly 75% lower to those prevailing in urban areas. Telecom operators such as Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone are interested in providing services under Bharat Net. So they project was taken directly by the telcos in the country instead of giving the project to overseas companies.

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