#AP Government Launches #15Mbps #Broadband at #Rs.149, 100Mbps to Offices at Rs. 999 Good News to everyone residing in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The internet, that’s the most crucial service when it comes to advancements in technology is now going to be available at a very affordable rate & this is because the Andhra Pradesh government is trying its best to ensure it can offer the best services to everyone. Mr. Chandrababu Naidu, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh state in India has today launched the Fiber Grid Project in Visakhapatnam with high-speed internet plans to 1.3 crore households. According to the CM, this will be a trendsetter and the project would be available to both home users and offices.
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CBN set a deadline of 3 years for the completion of Optic Fiber Grid in the State. He strictly directed officials to begin works by Dussehra this year and complete them by 2018. The fibre grid is one of the five grids which will ensure broadband connectivity to all households in the state. CBN aims to provide Free Wi-Fi connectivity to all villages, educational institutions, hospitals along with 46,000 government institutions. There will be two state rings covering 2,491 KM across 13 districts.
CBN said, “Fiber Grid must be put to full utilization in sectors like education, medicine, agriculture, rural development, e-governance, e-commerce and digital literacy.”
Households and enterprises in Andhra Pradesh (AP) can now avail low cost fibernet plans under the ‘AP FiberNet’ initiative which was launched yesterday through a tie up with Cisco, reports IBN Live. AP FiberNet will provide high-speed broadband connection of 15 Mbps speed at Rs 149 per month and 100 Mbps connections at Rs 999 per month.
The company has not shared fair usage policy (FUP) details regarding the internet plans, which TRAI had instructed all ISPs to provide in 2012. The report adds that AP FiberNet project has been implemented at a cost of Rs 333 crore and will be gradually rolled out to more districts in Andhra Pradesh by July 2016. The state government plans to connect 1.3 crore households through the AP FiberNet project.
The AP Fiber Grid project is a part of the National Optic Fiber Network project, which was introduced in 2011 by the government. The project originally planned to provide broadband connectivity to over 200,000 Gram Panchayats at an estimated total cost of $3 billion (~ Rs 20,000 Crore).
AP FiberNet development: The AP government said in April 2015 that it aims to provide affordable broadband connectivity of about 2 to 20 Mbps for all households and 1 to 10 Gbps for all institutions by 2018. The approximate length of the fibernet topology in AP was planned to be around 22,500 kms with a total of 2,499 PoPs (Point of Presence) across the entire state.
Other broadband developments:
- Earlier this month, the Tamil Nadu Government launched Arasu Fibre—an initiative to provide Internet services to all households through the Tail Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation (TACTV). The service will charge Rs 299 per month for a 2mbps connection with a 2GB monthly FUP limit. The most expensive plans costs Rs 899 per month for a 4mbps connection with a 40GB monthly limit.
- Under the NOFN project, the government laid optical fibre in 36,738 gram panchayats till 17 January. It plans to roll out cables in 50,000 panchayats by March. Its aim is to connect 90,000 villages by fiscal 2017 end. However, only 4,000 villages have been linked to the network.
- In September last year, BSNL increased the minimum broadband speed to 2 mbps from the existing 512 kbps. The 2 mbps speed will apply to pre-FUP data consumption following which speeds will be throttled to 512 kbps. The 2 mbps speed will be available for 1GB or beyond plans and it will be throttled to 512 kbps after reaching the cap.
- The National Optical Fibre Network project was first piloted in Kerala’s Idukki district by union minister for communications and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad in January last year. The state claimed to have completed the project by connecting all villages in the state under the project last week.
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