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Power Grid Signs Agreement with Himachal Pradesh to Improve Telecom Connectivity in Hilly Areas

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Power Grid Corporation signs agreement with Himachal Electricity Board for telecom networkPower Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID) has signed an agreement with Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Ltd (HPSEBL) to improve telecom connectivity in the remote & hilly areas of the state such as Kangra, Una, Mandi, Kullu, Bilaspur, Sirmour, Palampur, Sundernagar, Banikhet, Amb, Paonta Sahib, Nahan and others. In regard to this agreement, POWERGRID will use the 500 Kms Long Optical Ground Wire (OPGW) laid in HPSEBL Extra High Voltage (EHV) lines of the state to boost the telecom connectivity.

  • 350 Kms of OPGW network has already been laid on HPSEBL Extra High Voltage (EHV) lines and is being used to boost the telecom connectivity in the state.
  • So, POWERGRID will totally use 850 Kms Long Optical Ground Wire (OPGW) for the purpose.
  • Landslides, Difficult Terrains & Rough Weather Conditions are the main reasons for the limited telecom network reach.
  • Telecom Service Providers can use the OPGW Network to provide uninterrupted mobile/Internet services to people of the state.

ii.POWERGRID has created about 67, 500 kms of Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) network which connects over 1000 plus locations across India

  • POWERGRID’s OFC network covers all major towns & cities of India including the hilly & difficult terrains of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) & North Eastern Region.
  • POWERGRID is responsible for providing connectivity to the domestic leg of International Connectivity to Bhutan & Nepal
  • It is also set to provide Telecom Connectivity to Bangladesh to the Indian border to International Long Distance (ILD) Licensees.

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About Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID):

It is an ‘Maharatna’ Central Public Sector Enterprise & India’s Largest Electric Power Transmission Utility
Chairman & Managing Director – K Sreekant
Headquarters – Gurgaon, Haryana