Broadband Connections in Rural India

Now broadband connection in India will not only be available in the cities but also in rural areas. The Telecom Commission has given its approval to the proposed national optical fibre network (NOFN) for offering broadband services in rural areas. The network, to be built at an estimated cost of Rs 20,000 crore, will connect all the gram panchayats. It is believed that the project will prove helpful for boosting growth in villages. It is a unique initiative by the government to promote growth in poverty stricken areas.


It has been told that the proposed ‘National Optical Fibre Network’ will be integrated with the existing optical fiber network. The project will be extended to district and block headquarters and will ensure connectivity at the gram panchayat level. Initially, the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) will have the authority to execute the project, however, later on private sectors will also be asked to participate in its running.


Optical Fibre broadband is much faster as compared to the normal broadband which is available in the metros. Currently there are no or very few internet connection in the rural parts of India. Rural population uses Dial up connections to go online. This new project will help in development of rural India. The rural population will be connected to the rest of world through broadband internet. It will also provide many employment opportunities.


One can only hope that broadband internet in rural areas is not like broadband connections in the cities which gets disconnected every now and then.

Shivanand Nabar
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