After Karnataka’s Mobile One that seeks to bring e-governance on the mobile platform, Kerala with its broadband connection has made headways into the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiative that seeks to connect 2.5 lakh panchayat under the umbrella of broadband connectivity by the end of 2016, according to a government release.
“Minister for Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad commissioned the first high speed rural broadband of India at the Idukki district in Kerala. The Chief Minister of Kerala, Oommen Chandy, Minister for Industry and IT, Govt. of Kerala, P. K. Kunhalikutty and Secretary Telecom Rakesh Garg were present on this occasion,” the release said.
With the the NOFN (National Optical Fiber Network), Idukki district of Kerala has become the first district in India to be connected with high speed rural broadband. Currently the district has a total of eight block offices and 53 gram panchayats which have been connected on optical fibre and one gram panchayat, namely Edamalakudy, is connected through VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal).
BSNL has made exceptional efforts in connecting this Gram Panchayat and now broadband Internet as well as mobile services are available over here. For the first time the villages under this Panchayat would be connected through mobile phones and Internet.
In its maiden effort to digitally connect India, the telecom operator has made exceptional efforts. It has not neglected the wave of mobile internet in India and how it is becoming a tool for mass mobilisation especially in the rural India.
The establishment of NOFN would open up new avenues for access service providers such as telecom service providers, internet service providers, and cable TV operators, and content providers, among others to launch next generation services and spur creation of local employment opportunities in a big way.
States are making individual efforts to promote the idea of Digital India but Prime Minister’s dream of Digital India will only be achieved when the NOFN is laid across the length and breadth of the country. According to experts, Digital India initiative is expected to transform the internet landscape of the country.