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Govt finishes cable laying in 5K villages, eyes 50K by March-end

The government has completed cable laying in just about 5,000 villages under its plan to connect all 2.5 lakh gram panchayats by optic fibre by December 2016, says the Economic Survey 2014-15.

The government’s ambitious National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) project aims to provide 100 Mbps high-speed broadband

connectivity to 2.5 lakh gram panchayats by December 2016 and the estimated cost of the project is around Rs 30,000 crore.

The government has set a target of rolling out optical fibre network across 50,000 village panchayats by the end of March 2015, 1 lakh by March 2016 and another 1 lakh by December 2016.

“Cable laying has been completed in about 5,000 villages and the project is likely to be completed by
31 December 2016,” the economic survey said.

The survey said that the Government is going to conduct spectrum auctions next month of four sets of airwaves — 800 Mhz band (CDMA), 900 Mhz and 1800 Mhz (presently being used for 2G) and 2100 Mhz band (used for 3G).

It has approved the minimum or auction start price for the 2,100 Mega-Hertz band or 3G spectrum, which will garner at least Rs 17,555 crore.
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