The DoT (Department of Telecom) is aiming to speed up its pan-India fibre optic project by 1 year. The process of setting up fibre optic throughout the country was initially set to be finished by year, 2017. But now, DoT wants to finish it by June, 2016.
The DoT is asking the state-run telco BSNL if it can finish the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) project by June, 2016. The original target was to connect 2,50,000 gram panchayats via high-speed fibre broadband by 2017. BSNL is expected to deliver its progress report on the project today.
The completion of NOFN project is very critical to the Digital India Initiative unveiled by the PM, Narendra Modi on Aug 15, 2014.
The Digital India Initiative is planned for providing many social and economic services over high-speed Internet by 2019.
The DoT is also planning to bring in many private mobile service providers for educating the younger generation (10-35 years) on using these service over smartphones.
The telecom minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad told the press that the government is planning to conduct 2 teaching modules of 20 hours and 40 hours each. The proposal to link Aadhaar and SIM card numbers of the mobile users is also under consideration.
The government is also planning to setup Wi-Fi services at major tourist destinations and in cities having a population of 1 million and above.
The progress of this Digital India Initiative program is expected by to be supervised the Prime Minister himself. This project along with other govt. related services is going to cost around Rs. 1.13 lakh crore, and will bring the rural and remote areas up to the pace with the developing cities as far as the reach of the Internet and social services are concerned.