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India: Government to Invest 25,000 Crore to Connect Rural India
Source: egov.eletsonline.com
Source Date: Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Citizen Engagement
Country: India
Created: Oct 08, 2013

Government of India is planning to invest Rs 25,000 crore to lay optical fibre cables to provide broadband connectivity in the rural villages by 2015.

 

“And that is why effort is to increase the penetration from the present level of about 15 million broadband connectivity to about 175 million broadband connectivity by 2017 and takeit to 600 million by 2020,” Department of Telecommunications (DoT) Secretary M F Farooqui said.

 

“Once this is done, this fibre can become the medium for carrying all kind of services — e-governance, entertainment, education, health, telemedicine and can create a lot of local products at the district level, at village level at the local dialect,” he said.

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