After various suggestions the government comes to public for best mode of the programme that will help make Digital India a success
GN Bureau | November 18, 2015
BharatNet will be backbone of India’s ambition to be digitally connected. It has faced various hiccups and changes over the years since its conception as an idea. Now, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued a consultation paper on ‘Implementation model for BharatNet’.
Digital India is main programme that brings strands of communication and information technology together for digital empowerment of citizens and delivering better governance. And establishment of broadband highways forms the first pillar of Digital India.
The government knows that timely commissioning of a reorganized version of National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) is very imperative in this direction. But the implementation of NOFN has moved as per plans and TRAI had given certain recommendations in April this year.
The department of telecommunication had appointed an expert committee which resulted in the renaming of the project as BharatNet. It also spoke of three implementation models.
The consultation paper issued today is to discuss best model for implementation of BharatNet.
The CP raises the following main implementation and policy issues:
Copy of the full text of the CP is available on TRAI website:www.trai.gov.in. The written comments on the issues raised in the consultation paper are invited from the stakeholders by December 7, 2015. For any clarification/information contact Arvind Kumar, advisor (NSL), TRAI on telephone number +91-11-23220209 and fax +91-11—23230056.
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