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14 November 2017, 04:48 | Justin Tyler
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Sinha said the government has slashed bandwidth price under the BharatNet project 75%, which will help telecom operators provide services at affordable rates.
Department of Telecommunications (DoT) today signed MoUs with states for the implementation of the second phase of BharatNet.
Under the first phase, the government planned to connect 3 lakh villages in 1 lakh panchayats to broadband, and it will be complete by next month, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said.
Telecos like Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone and Idea have expressed interest in providing last mile connectivity on BharatNet Infrastructure. A MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) regarding this would be soon signed between Government and private telecom firms. "This centre, with around 100 Mbps bandwidth, is equipped to provide tele-medicine-remote medical consultancy, tele-education, entertainment, digital payments and e-governance services, empowering the people in these villages and achieving the vision of Digital India", a senior official from the company told BusinessLine. Phase 1 of the project, under which 100k Gram Panchayats were to be connected, will be completed by the end of this year.
By December 2017, all 1, 00, 000 Global Positioning System will be operational on the BharatNet infrastructure.
Major telecom players like Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, and Vodafone India have given cheques to the government to hire infrastructure in gram panchayats (GPs) to provide broadband services.
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