State owned telco BSNL will install optical fibre cables spanning 5,200 kms to connect close to 1,518 gram panchayats in Assam, reports PTI. This accounts for 70% of the total panchayats in the state. BSNL will additionally install 3000 WiFi hot spots across the fibre cable locations and first WiFi network is slated to go live in Guwahati by March, added the report. BSNL currently provides subsidized broadband connections in rural and remote areas of the country at rates starting from Rs 99, Rs 150, Rs 350 up till Rs 999 with a minimum speed of 512 Kbps, without any other installation charges. This project is funded by the Universal Services Obligation Fund (USOF), set up by the government for providing telecom services in rural areas at subsided rates. In September, BSNL received subsidy amount of Rs 1,250 crore for the rural…
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