Apart from the projects in the pipeline, trends over the last 10 years suggest a 36 percent CAGR growth in IP traffic, resulting in a 17 percent CAGR growth in fiber deployment. 5G will further provide a major impetus.
Mountains are being moved to provide 100 Mbps broadband Internet connectivity to 250,000 gram panchayats, constituting 640,000 villages. But it seems meeting the target of December 2018 is just not going to happen.
Slowly and steadily, the vast terrain is seeing fiber being laid in the rural hinterland, and the 175-million broadband connections becoming a reality.
Former DDG, Broadband USOF-Department of Telecommunications
All eyes are on the implementation of connecting 250,000 gram panchayats and laying 1,711,000 km of OFC. Will we meet the challenge or will we stumble again?