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The Govt is racing to connect 2.5 lakh villages to the internet by 2020

tech Updated: Dec 05, 2015 17:20 IST

Governement and TRAI are working on connecting 2.5 lakh villages with broadband. (Wikimedia Commons)

The Government along with Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) are reworking to achieve the target of connecting 2.5 lakh villages with broadband under BharatNet program by 2020.

BharatNet, with its ambition of setting up broadband hubs in 2.5 lakh villages, is critical to the success of the Prime Minister’s Digital India program, said a panel of experts at the 12th International Conference Broadband Tech India 2015 in New Delhi. The program targets 1.75 million broadband connections in the country by 2020, with a minimum download speed of 2 Mbps,

While speaking at the inaugural session, Peeyush Agrawal, ITS, Member (Technology), Department of Telecommunications, Government of India, highlighted the steps taken by the government in expediting completion of BharatNet with fiber networks within stipulated time frame.

He added that the centre has issued new guidelines to the states on issues (regarding the spread of BharatNet) such as providing the right way for the fibre cables and setting up of telecom towers.

By connecting 2.5 lakh Panchayat across the country, the Digital India initiative could transform India into an empowered society.