The Bharat Net project, which aims to deploy high-speed optical fibre cables across rural areas of the country has now reached 80,000 gram panchayats, communications minister Manoj Sinha said in a reply to Rajya Sabha question, according to this PTI report. This is up from 59,945 Gram Panchayats as of November 2016. Sinha added that BharatNet infrastructure will also be used to set up WiFi hotspots across all connected villages once the second phase of the projects gets completed by December 2018. The proposal includes installing 1,127 WiFi hotspots in the first phase, with plans to hit 25,000 WiFi hotspots to be set up at rural telephone exchanges by 2018. Interestingly, minister Sinha said that preference will be given to “areas affected by left-wing extremism.” Note that Bharat Net was rebranded from its initial name National Optic Fibre Network (NOFN) in April last…
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