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DoT gears up to complete BharatNet rollout ahead of schedule by Dec-end

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The has advanced the deadline to December-end for providing connectivity to all village panchayats under the BharatNet programme, a said.

The government has set the target to complete the network rollout across 2.5 lakh gram panchayats by March 2019 after deferring the deadline several times for the programme launched way back in 2011.

"The DoT is hopeful of completing the rollout of BharatNet project by December. Internally, everything is being discussed and handled to meet the December timeline," a senior DoT told

Another said that the target was advanced as the government wants to highlight availability of connectivity and digital services at panchayat level when it gets into election mode next year.

The government has laid in more than 1 lakh village panchayats and has allocated funds of around Rs 31,000 crore to state governments and public sector firms to rollout high network in remaining 1.5 lakh panchayats.

BharatNet, started as National Network in October 2011, was to be completed by the end of 2013 initially but the deadline was deferred to September 2015 under the Congress-led UPA 2 regime.

Under the NDA regime, the deadline was set at December 2016 but was later deferred to March 2019.

BharatNet is crucial to meet government's proposed target of providing to all with minimum 50 megabit per second speed by 2022.

Under the proposed policy, 'National Digital Communications Policy 2018', the government aims to enable fixed line to 50 per cent of households and start

The policy suggests providing universal broadband coverage at 50 mbps to every citizen and providing 1 gbps (per second) connectivity to all gram panchayats of by 2020 and 10 gbps by 2022.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 20:40 IST