Tamil Nadu FibreNet Corporation Ltd (TANFINET) accepts the agreement for the implementation of BharatNet Project in Tamil Nadu. The project is implemented in four packages with various system integrators.
- TANFINET is a special purpose vehicle implementing the BharatNet project in Tamil Nadu at a total cost of ₹1,815 crore.
- The project aims at providing 1 Gbps bandwidth connectivity to all Gram Panchayats.
Significance of the agreement:
i.The project is implemented in four packages – A, B, C and D with four system integrators formed district wise and were identified, one for each package, along with a Third-Party Agency (TPA) to inspect and audit the implementation.
ii.The Package C will cover 3,326 Gram Panchayats in Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Thiruvarur, Pudukottai, Namakkal, Karur, Coimbatore, Tiruppur and Tiruchirappalli districts.
iii.The Package D will cover 3,103 Gram Panchayats in Kanyakumari, Madurai, Ramanathapuram, Theni, Tuticorin, Tirunelveli, Virudhunagar, Tenkasi, Dindigul, Sivagangai districts,
iv.After the pending litigation Package A and Package B will be implemented in all the 12,525 Gram Panchayats in Tamil Nadu.
About the BharatNet Project :
i.BharatNet, the world’s largest rural broadband project, is to provide broadband connectivity to all the 2.5 lakhs gram panchayats across India.
ii.The project covers Gram Panchayat through optical fibre cable with high-speed bandwidth connectivity with a minimum of 100 Mbps speed.
iii. Bharat Broadband Network Limited was created to implement the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) project.The entire project is being funded by Universal service Obligation Fund (USOF).
iv.The project augments the delivery of government services and generates employment in rural areas, by which BharatNet enables to provide affordable but quality “digital” services, e-education, telemedicine and triple-play services to all Gram Panchayats.
About Tamil Nadu
Chief Minister: M.K.Stalin
Governor: Ravindra Narayana Ravi
Number of districts: 38