The first phase of national optic fibre network christened Bharat Net project, which aims to deploy high-speed optical fibre cables across rural areas will be completed by December this year, thus providing Internet access to 100,000 gram panchayats, Aruna Sundararajan, secretary.
Sundararajan was speaking at the fourth edition of the ‘i-Bharat 2017’ conference held in the Capital based on the theme of ‘ICT elucidations for unserved and unsolved, organised by industry body FICCI in association with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. According to Sundararajan, Bharat Net has now reached 83,000 gram panchayats. She further added that it is imperative to create a fibre first programme.
FICCI agreed with Sundararajan on the need for government and private sector to collaborate for bringing about a change, he pointed out the need to have pre-policy consultations between the government and industry rather than resort to post-policy alterations which leads to needless confusion. FICCI, would initiate closed-door consultations for industry so that its representatives can have a free and frank discussion with policy makers in the government