The Union Minister of Telecom and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad inaugurated Next Generation Network Telephone Exchange on Saturday at the New Bihar Vidhan Mandal compound. The minister also launched the Bharat AirFiber service at Danapur Telephone Exchange in Bihar via video conferencing. BSNL’s Bharat AirFiber renders high-speed wireless broadband services to all the people residing in rural regions of Bihar. The Telecom Minister launched these services via video conferencing from Delhi, the national capital of India.
During the inauguration event, Mr. Prasad disclosed the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that PM Modi contemplates converting all the challenges into an opportunity for making Aatmanirbhar Bharat. The main mission of Modi is to grab hold of the opportunities that help in developing rural corners of India.
The Union Minister of Telecom further said, ‘Especially in the times of COVID-19 pandemic, there is immense scope for digital education, digital skilling, and telemedicine, etc and broadband connectivity in rural India will play a crucial role. Bharat AirFibre will help us to scale-up faster and meet the target of covering 6 lakh villages in 1000 Days.’
During the event, the minister announced that a total of 50 AirFiber sector antennas will be distributed in the subsequent 6 months. The next-generation network telephone exchange in Bihar Vidhan Mandal renders an optical fiber provision. With this facility, the users can gain additional demand for reliable wireline and broadband services.
This telephone exchange service provides a capacity of 512 telephone wireline and 128 broadband connections. It is expected that the number of connections will be enhanced in the future. The recently launched Bharat AirFiber will provide high-speed and reliable internet services in rural locations. With this broadband service, the users can access high-speed fiber FTTH up to 6 kilometers area.
This provision functions on the unlicensed spectrum and offers pretty less interference that eventually renders the better quality of relay for the subscribers. As per the latest report, the users who want to subscribe to Bharat AirFiber need to pay Rs. 349 per month. It is the initial and lowest price available for people in rural areas. With this highly affordable price, the users can access high-speed internet across various villages.
Sushil Modi, the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar said in an official statement, ‘Bihar Government has recently notified Right of Way (RoW) rules to facilitate better deployment of mobile tower antennas and laying of fiber optic cable in the state. Also, I am happy to mention recently I got the new BSNL FTTH broadband connection and I am impressed with its high-speed connectivity.’
The internet service will be available for the people residing in specific locations of the state. It includes Anandpur, Danapur Cantonment from Danapur Telephone Exchange, R.K. Puram, and Danapur Market. Through the statement, the official said, ‘This exchange has a capacity of 512 telephone wireline and 128 broadband connections which can further be increased. New and Old Vidhan Mandal and 3 New Secretariat Block A, B, and C will be served through this new facility.’
The next-generation network telephone exchange service launched by the minister in Bihar Vidhan Mandal is a facility expansion. Through this optical fiber service, the users can access wireline and broadband services. The State Government has given various national projects to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited [BSNL] that include Network for Spectrum [NFS], BharatNet project, and others. This project will provide optical fiber connectivity to about 3000-gram panchayats or village blocks of strategic UTs of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir.
In recent times, BSNL has successfully wrapped up the submarine project that costs a total of Rs. 1224 crore. Through this project, the optical fiber cable will be placed undersea between Chennai and Andaman and the Nicobar Islands. The Central Government also provided another submarine cable connectivity project between the mainland and Lakshadweep islands. The 4G Spectrum project has also been allotted to BSNL that values about Rs. 14000 crore. Meanwhile, BSNL is seeking to launch 5G services across the nation that in turn boosts the ‘Make in India’ initiative.
Besides the state-run projects, BSNL has offered about 3 lakh FTTH/broadband connections across the nation. With these broadband projects, it will fulfill the basic internet requirements that are essential to carry out ‘work for home’ facility during the last 6 months. Apart from BSNL, some other popular Indian telecom operators also launched different tariff plans to its subscribers. Stay tuned to this website to get the latest updates and news about telecom services across the nation.