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President Inaugurates AP Fibre Grid Project

28-12-2017 09:00 AM | Lathika Saju | My Indian Dream

President Inaugurates AP Fibre Grid Project | My Indian Dream

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Fibre Grid to improve citizen services and digital literacy

President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the ambitious Fibre Grid Project in Amravati and dedicated it to the nation. The project will provide high-speed internet and rent-free telephone and cable TV services from next December to over one crore households in Andhra Pradesh, schools and educational institutions, all government offices in the districts, government hospitals and health centres and all panchayat offices.

Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu was also present at the event which saw the launch of AP Fibre Grid project implemented by the Andhra Pradesh State Fibernet Limited (APSFL) which has now become the largest state government-owned telecommunication company in the country. The project will provide the three services at tariffs starting as low as Rs 149 for 5 GB data at 15 MBPS speed and 250 TV channels and a free telephone connection.

APSFL has already laid over 23,000 kms of the total 55,000 kms long Optical Fibre Cable in the 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh. Apart from households, services under the project will also be rendered to all the 9000 gram panchayats from mandal headquarters, which are already connected through the BSNL network.

WiFi will be set up to provide horizontal connectivity from gram panchayats to schools and other educational institutions, primary health centres and government offices.

The AP government has plans to establish five grids and the fibre optic grid is one of them. The others are Water Grid, Gas Grid, Power Grid, and Road Grid. According to officials, internet connectivity in every nook and corner of the state will help in improving citizen services, digital literacy and skill development, and help in good governance, besides helping IT Enabled Services to set up BPOs or call centres in rural areas.

Services like video-conferencing and movies on demand will also be offered by the fibre grid. The 16 district command control centres, all public CCTVs, the AP State Wide Area Network will be integrated into the grid.


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