BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE : Signiﬁcant Milestone achieved under BharatNet
The ambitious programme of Digital India focuses on utilising technology to enable change and BharatNet works as the very backbone of the programme. It aims to connect India by making it possible to take Internet and telecommunication services to every nook and corner of the country. BharatNet, the world’s largest rural broadband project envisages delivery of high-speed broadband services in over 2.5 lakh villages benefiting more than 200 million rural Indians.
A signiﬁcant milestone under BharatNet was achieved by connecting over one lakh Gram Panchayats across the country with high speed optical ﬁbre network as per the declared deadline of 31 Dec 2017. The project also achieved a global record of laying 800 kilometres of optical ﬁbre per day.