Asia Bizz: Indian Government run telecom company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, also known as BSNL, aims to establish telecommunication links in all the villages across India by the year 2014. This will help the government to expand the e-governance in the rural area and also the remotest areas in the country.
RK Upadhyay, the BSNL CMD revealed that the telecommunications company has undertaken a Rs 20,000 crore project to set up the National Optic Fibre Network (NOFN) so as to provide internet and other telco services to villages in the country.
It was also assured that the project would be completed within the next two years. The BSNL official added that once the NOFN is created, it will help in offering the governance, banking , health as well as other basic services up to the villages and the rural areas.
Upadhyay also said that the tele-density in the urban areas is almost 100 percent while in the rural areas it is just 37 percent. The official also pointed out that the new NOFN will help in increasing the density of the internet in the rural areas.
BSNL accounts for about 80 percent of landline connections and 90 percent of broadband connections in India.