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DoT appoints new body dedicated to increasing broadband connections

With providing broadband connectivity to all villages by 2022 being a target, the new body has its work cut out.

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) will set up a new directorate to track and implement the National Broadband Mission, the department said in a notification on November 9. The directorate will submit monthly progress reports on the mission to the telecom secretary, the notification said. The DoT had launched the National Broadband Mission in 2019 with aggressive targets, including 100% rural connectivity and average broadband speeds of 25mbps. With our increased dependence on the internet for essential services, the stakes for achieving these targets are higher than ever before. What will be the function of the directorate? The full-time directorate for the National Broadband Mission, which will be composed of 7 full-time personnel, will have the following functions: Progress tracking: Three deputy mission directors under the body will monitor the progress of: Mobile and wired broadband penetration Right of way clearances Mapping Optical fibre cables and mobile towers Monthly reports: The directorate will submit monthly progress reports on the goals of the National Broadband Mission to the Telecom Secretary. Public Dashboard: The directorate will create a dashboard on the DoT portal and update it every month to keep the public informed about the mission's progress. What is the National Broadband Mission? The National Broadband Mission was launched in 2019. Here are some of the deliverables under the mission: To provide broadband connectivity in all villages by 2022 To provide infrastructure capable of delivering higher speeds of broadband up to 50 Mbps Increase the route length of Optical Fibre Cables from the current…

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