Union Budget 2022: Under BharatNet, the Ministry of Telecommunications has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with seven states – Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Jharkhand.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced in her budget speech on Tuesday that BharatNet broadband would be ready by 2025. She also said that BharatNet’s contracts for laying fiber optic would be awarded under a public-private partnership (PPP).
Talking about the 5G rollout, Sitharaman said the spectrum auction will take place this year.
The government’s ambitious BharatNet plan aims to bring broadband to 361,000 villages in 16 states. It was cleared by the Union Cabinet in July last year.
According to the plan, the private actor who will be selected by call for tenders will set up, operate and maintain the network.
The government has grouped the project into nine packages, each corresponding to one or more telecommunications circles, and no investor will be awarded more than four packages.
The economic study, released on Monday, reported that 5.46 lakh km of fiber optic cable was laid. He further said that a total of 1.73 lakh gram panchayats have been connected through fiber optic cable (OFc) and 1.59 lakh gram panchayats are ready for operation on OFC, as of September 27, 2021.
A boost to telecoms infrastructure is also being given under the ambitious district scheme, while the laying of undersea fiber optic cable infrastructure will boost high-speed internet and connectivity broadband, according to the survey.
Under BharatNet, the Ministry of Telecommunications has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with seven states – Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Jharkhand. These states will deploy the project themselves with partial funding from the Center.