In a move to quicken the broadband deployment plan in the state for assisting businesses, e-governmet services, education, and gram panchayats, Tamil Nadu government is now planning to turn into an ISP (Internet Service Provider) and launch its own network of high-speed broadband services.
The government is also planning to offer IPTV services through the TACTV (Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation) and while working to connect 12,500 local rural bodies as a part of BharatNet (known as NOFN previously). This whole project will cost around Rs. 3,000 crore and will should be offering internet services by early 2016.
TACTV already has a user base of more than 7 million customers and the organization is already testing the internet services at few select locations in Kanchipuram and Vellore.
TN Govt. has selected 552 cable operators throughout the state for this project and has also got an ISP licence from the Union IT Ministry for the same.
The Birth of Tamil Nadu Fibernet Corporation
The internet services (broadband, IPTV, and others) will be provided by a newly formed government body- Tamil Nadu Fibernet Corporation. We are expecting that Tamil Nadu Fibernet Corporation might also offer Video On Demand (VoD) services in near future.
“”Further, I am happy to announce that Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) services will also be provided along with high-speed broadband and other internet services,” said J Jayalalithaa, CM, Tamil Nadu.
The CM also said that the BharatNet would provide internet to all households. And for doing that, the govt. will install broadband equipment at 2 lakh government buildings. This project in future, would be extended to provide cable TV services to households.
The corporation has already hired PricewaterhouseCoopers for making the business plan and for providing internet support and other services.
It is really interesting to note how the state government is taking active interest in launching broadband services in the state. However, it remains to be seen whether the state govt. would be able to launch the services within its set deadline, but whatever might be the result, the other state govt. should take at least some lessons from it and start working towards their own plan of launching high-speed broadband at affordable prices.