Reports suggest the government is planning to launch a broadband services readiness index of states. This index will be based on parameters like infrastructure, approval processes and utilization of the high-speed Internet.
While speaking to PTI Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said – “According to a study by ICRIER (a research firm), USD 100 billion investment will have a seven-fold multiplier effect on GDP. There is a need for a national mission to make this happen. We are going to launch broadband readiness index for states which will be vital for investments”
Further, she added the Ministry of Electronics and IT has also shown interest in states readiness index and want to expand it further.
Broadband Service Readiness Index of States
The first workshop to discuss the National Communication Policy (NDCP) will be held by the telecom ministry with the vision to invest US 100 billion investment in the telecom Sector by 2022. This includes providing 50Mbps speed for every citizen with telecom connectivity in every corner of India and creating 40 lakh jobs.
Sundararajan, Telecom Secretary confirmed the participation of 25 states in the first preparatory national workshop on the implementation of NDCP. During the workshop, the National Broadband Mission to provide broadband for all will be launched.
Discussions will be held at the NDCP workshop on issues faced by Industry leaders and association while rolling ou telecom infrastructure in states which impacts their investments. The minister made it clear their intention is to not to keep 5G connectivity restricted to the urban area, but also read rural areas. She reassured by saying we need to work in states to ensure 100% penetration of optical fiber cables. As without massive OFC penetration, 5G services cannot expand. For this states will have to provide a smooth process of providing permissions.
Along with this Sudharajan also said there is a need to expand the presence of mobile tower base by three times and the OFC roll out by 4 times in order to achieve the desired targets under the National Broadband Mission.
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She further said – “We have to roll out Wi-Fi services in rural and urban areas. To deliver the benefit of NDCP to people and create jobs, states have to come forward. We will do a comparative evaluation of all states and highlight the best policies for other states to adopt it.”
Presently 1.21 lakh panchayats are equipped with broadband services infrastructure. A tender to roll out 10 lakh WiFi hotspots for 2.5 lakh village panchayats has been floated. Department of Telecommunication has awarded the task of rolling out WiFi services in 620000 panchayats has been handed over to Telecommunications Consultants India Limited(TCIL). DoT is also working with ITI for setting up WiFi hotspots in other panchayats.
According to Sundararajan broadband services have been started in all panchayats covered under Phase 1. Now we are looking at utilization of broadband where states need to come forward and identify institutions like school, police stations etc that are to be connected with Wi-Fi.
She assured that the state has enough electronic equipment with its institutions. They can start using the BharatNet broadband network for various services like telemedicine, e-health, e-education etc.
The minister also explained DoT will be working on creating a state of art telecom infrastructure in the next four years. They want the states to draw roadmap and start using the infrastructure. Targets will be set on ya early basis which the states will have to achieve. Also, they will explore the possibilities to implement broadband services for development at aspirational districts, enhancing connectivity in Naxal-affected areas, northeastern states, and islands.
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