BSNL's Rural Connectivity Scheme Takes Off
As per its agreement with DoT, state-owned telecom company BSNL will provide 8,61,459 connections to individual users and government institutions through rural and remote exchanges over a period of five years, ie, by 2014.
The scheme is aimed at ensuring broadband connections at substantially reduced rates to the end customers both in terms of connectivity cost, customer premises equipment cost and computer/computing devices.
The rural broadband connectivity will cover institutional users such as Common Service Centres (CSCs) being set up by the Department of Information Technology, Gram Panchayats, higher secondary schools and public health centres, as well as individual users.
BSNL has undertaken the scheme on BOO (build, operate and own) basis. Each of the broadband connections shall have at least 512 kbps speed always on, with the capability to deliver data, voice and video services in the fixed mode.
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