Idukki India’s First District to get High Speed Rural Broadband Network

Published on: 13 Jan, 2015
Published under: Idukki District News, Kerala Business News, Kerala Technology News

Idukki will become the first District in India to be connected with the Ultra High Speed Rural Boradband Network ushering in a new era of Digital India .

With the commissioning of the network, Idukki with a large tribal and rural population would become the first district in the country to have all its gram panchayats connected through National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN), an official release said .

Union Minister for Communications and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad will commission the network at a function here, where Chief Minister Oommen Chandy is expected to be the chief guest.

According to the release, NOFN is the largest rural connectivity project of its kind in the world. It seeks to link each of the 2.5 lakh gram panchayats of India through broadband optical fibre network.

NOFN is expected to facilitate broadband connectivity to over 600 million rural citizens of the country over its completion.

It will enable the gram panchayats to have 100 Mbps of bandwidth, thereby facilitating the delivery of various e-Services and applications including e-health, e-education, e-governance and e-commerce in the future, the release said.


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