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BSNL to provide FTTH connections to 500,000 rural homes

The central government is making all-out efforts to improve and promote internet connectivity in the country. With cities already well connected, it is the villages, still deprived of fast internet that needs to be addressed.

DoT is planning to install 500,000 fiber to the home (FTTH) connections at affordable rates to boost broadband in rural areas. They may start a pilot project of this scheme from next week. These connections will be installed through BharatNet Project. The government has signed an agreement with BSNL worth Rs 250 crore. According to this agreement, BSNL will use this amount to provide free modems to customers, says a CNBC TV18 Hindi report.

A nod is awaited from Digital Communications Commission.

The target has been set to install nearly 500,000 connections in rural areas by October 31, 2023. So far more than 200,000 villages have been connected with fiber under BharatNet. With the first phase of BharatNet started in 2017, the government has set a target to complete it in 2023.

This will also enable monetise BharatNet, being funded by the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) to the tune of nearly Rs 20,100 crore.

CT Bureau

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