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India to set up national optical fibre network for $3.5 billion

27 июня 2012

India has decided to set up a national optical fiber network at a cost of about 200 billion rupees ($3.5 billion) to provide high-speed broadband connectivity in rural areas, a government statement said Tuesday.

The network is being rolled out by a special purpose vehicle--Bharat Broadband Network Ltd.--owned jointly by the federal government and the Universal Service Obligation, or USO, fund, the statement said.

The USO fund was created by the federal telecommunications department to give grants for connecting rural areas and those telecom networks which are not commercially viable. \

Bharat Broadband will lay about 500,000 kilometers of optical fiber which will enable government departments to roll out online services and applications nationally, the statement said, without giving any timeline.

Creation of the network and sharing it with other telecom operators will help lower the connectivity costs of companies. The network will also help the government achieve its target of broadband penetration, the statement said.

Источник: Total Telecom

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