The Union Government would be launching its second and final phase of BharatNet project on 13 November 2017 to provide high-speed broadband service in all Gram Panchayats by March 2019. It will be implemented at an outlay of around Rs 34000 crores. Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha, Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar would be launching the project at the National Conference in New Delhi.
1. Under phase 2, the government aims to provide broadband connectivity in the remaining 1.5 lakh Gram Panchayats through 1 million km of additional optical fibre.
2. BSNL will roll out optical fibre in yet to be covered locations of eight states including Assam, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir and Sikkim.
3. India at present has 38,000 wifi hotspots. Under BharatNet phase 2, around 6-7 lakh wifi hotspots will be added with 2-5 hotpsots in each panchayats.
4. For the same, the government would be providing bandwidth to telecom companies such as Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Idea Cellular and Reliance Jio at 75 per cent lower rate to set up broadband and Wi-Fi services in the rural areas.