Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched the ambitious National Broadband Mission. Unveiled by Union Minister for Communications, Electronics & Information Technology, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, the flagship mission aims at fulfilling the aspirations of the citizens of India by enabling them to acquire access to fast track growth of digital communication infrastructure.
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The government is planning to give universal and equitable access to broadband services to every citizen, reaching out to the villages by 2022 and improving the quality of services for mobile and internet.
In line with the move towards equipping India with digital communication infrastructure, paving way for advanced and universal access to broadband services across the country, the The aim of the highly ambitious projects does not get restricted to the urban hubs in the country but pertains to the rural and remote areas as a major field of concern.
The project involves laying Optical Fibre Cable on route around 30 lakh kilometres, increasing the tower density from 0.42 to 1.0 tower per thousand of population by the year 2024. The project with an estimated outlay of 7 lakh crores, envisages deploying 10 lakh mobile towers from 5.65 lakh sites at present. With a move to further reach out to every sphere, the ambitious project strives for the development of innovative implementation models for Right of Way (RoW) and to enhance strategies to work with States and Union Territories in order to have consistent policies that lead to the expansion of digital infrastructure. The flagship mission envisions levelling up the fiberisation of towers from the existing 30 present to 70 per cent with its innovative ideas and technologies.
The idea behind implementing the National Broadband Mission in India is to bring under an umbrella, people from all walks of life, strengthening technological infrastructure for education, health, entrepreneurship and development by bridging the digital divide while facilitating inclusion and digital empowerment through access to all. The government at the centre has initiated several efforts in the field to empower its rural base with digital connectivity.
BharatNet initiative is one such programme that has reached to as many as 142,000 village blocks, which is now to be backed by the National Broadband Mission, enlarging the targets to be achieved. With so much to achieve and making a large population getting engaged in taking a lead with the new technologies and challenges, what is required is collaboration and not the coercion. The ideas need to be reformed with the times changing at a fast pace, the best technologies and expertise must be shared to pursue a positive and forward-looking agenda.
With its reaffirmed commitment towards ensuring universal and non-discriminatory access to information technology and knowledge, Government has initiated a number of steps to help developing nations to encourage digitisation in communication, making them more responsive to their developmental needs.