The cabinet Tuesday cleared a scheme for creating a National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) for providing broadband connectivity to panchayats that is likely to boost rural employment.
The scheme will also facilitate electronic services including e-education,
e-health and e-agriculture and reduce the migration of rural population to
"The cost of this initial phase of the NOFN scheme is likely to be about
Rs..20,000 crore. A similar amount of investment is likely to be made by the
private sector complementing the NOFN infrastructure while providing
services to individual users," an official note said.
"The objective of the scheme is to extend the existing optical fibre network
to the gram panchayat level," it added.
So far the optical fibre network was available up to the district level.
By facilitating implementation of these services, the scheme will also lead
to inclusive growth besides providing high bandwidth connectivity for
electronic delivery of services to citizens
According to a study conducted by the World Bank, with every 10 percent increase in broadband penetration, there is an increase in the gross
domestic product growth by 1.4 per cent.
Source: IANS, Oct 26, 2011