IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao stated that digital infrastructure was proving to be a game changer in the fight against COVID-19. He asked the T-Fiber team to ensure that the entire project work is completed within next 10 months, to provide reliable broadband connectivity and facilitate seamless Work-from-Home option for the IT and allied sectors in the post-Covid world. He said once ready, the potential of T-Fiber network will be enormous in delivering the citizen services across the State.
Reviewing the progress of T-Fiber network project here on Tuesday, Rama Rao said the importance of a robust digital infrastructure was once again validated in the form of increased demand for online education, online healthcare and e-commerce services during the current pandemic. He directed the Master System Integrators to speed up the project execution and assured to review the Right of Way (RoW) Act to ensure brisk progress of work. Once completed, the T-Fiber network has a lot of potential to revolutionise delivery of online Education, tele-Health and Agriculture services in the State by enabling high speed broadband connectivity and digital content reliably and seamlessly.
The Minister instructed the T-Fiber team to connect Rythu Vedikas coming up in the State, realising the vision of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao to bring all the farmers under one roof to discuss, interact and exchange of ideas with the Ministers and officials through video conferencing. “Farmers can also benefit as they will have better access to prices and other marketing information at their fingertips,” he said.
Rama Rao directed the officials to bring all the existing network infrastructure and the State data centre under T-Fiber. He also wanted them to include all Municipal Corporations and Municipalities in the scope of T-Fiber. He felt that T-Fiber network will help transform the delivery of G2G (government to government) and G2C (government to citizens) services across the State, especially in rural areas by connecting Government institutions, enterprises and households.
Principle Secretary for IT and Industries Jayesh Ranjan, T-Fiber managing director Sujai Karampuri and other officials participated in the meeting.