Trivandrum: Union Minister for Communications & IT, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad today inaugurated the high speed broadband network for the entire Idukki District, at a function held at the Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram.
With the commissioning of the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN), Idukki has become the first District in India to be connected with the high speed broadband for all the areas of the district.
Launching the network, the Minister said, “NOFN is giant leap in order to bridge the digital divide in India by linking all the gram panchayats through the common platform of Optical Fibre Cable. The NOFN programme is a truly ‘Make in India’ project.” He also added that the rural Broadband network has the potential to empower the rural society.
All the eight Block Offices and 52 Gram Panchayats our of 53 in the District have been connected on Optical Fibre and one Gram Panchayat, namely Edamalakudy, is connected through VSAT.
Edamalakudy, is a Tribal Gram Panchayat consisting of 26 Tribal villages with around 2,200 people. It is remotely located around 18 Kms from Pettimudi which is last point one can go in a vehicle. BSNL has made exceptional efforts in connecting this Gram Panchayat and now Broadband Internet as well as Mobile services are also available here. For the first time all villages under this Panchayat would be connected through Mobile phones and internet.
The establishment of NOFN would open up new avenues for Access service providers such as Telecom Service Providers, Internet Service Providers, and Cable TV operators, Content Providers etc. to launch next generation services and spur creation of local employment opportunities in a big way.
In his address, Chief Minister, Shri Oommen Chandy said, “We in Kerala have the privilege to do the nationwide launch of India’s first High Speed Rural Broadband Network. The project under the Digital India Programme made possible through the National Optical Fibre Network will go a long way in connecting the remotely located Idukki, where digital technology is yet to pick up momentum.”
“In Kerala, we will be going ahead with the Rural Broadband Network and the government shall quicken the process of providing 100 Mbps to all panchayats in the State through the National Optical Fibre Network. For this, we will be closely working with the Central government and hope to achieve the target by March 2015 and become the first Sate in the country to do so”, he added.
Minister for Industries & IT, Shri P K Kunhalikutty; Panchayats & Social Justice Minister, Dr. M K Muneer; and Secretary Telecom, Rakesh Garg were among those present.
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