BSNL to join 1500 Grampanchayats through OFC in 2017

BSNL campaigns to attach 1,518 gram panchayats with Optical Fiber Cable this year in Assam to confirm rural connectivity.

“We have emphasized on rural connectivity and 5,200 km of OFC will be laid this year to cover 1,518 gram panchayats, which accounts 70 per cent of the total gram panchayats in the state,” BSNL Chief General Manager M.K. Seth said in a talk show conducted by All India Radio, Guwahati.

Seth told that Kshetri Gaon Panchayat in Kamrup district is likely to develop the first digital Gram Panchayat of the country, an AIR release stated.

BSNL will offer three thousand hot spots at important places and has already begun steps for automatic hook up points through wireless network, he said.

High-speed network will be fixed in Guwahati by March this year and “BSNL has taken stages for automatic hook up point through wireless network. There would be 3000 access points (hot spots) at important points,” he added.  It also tied-up with SBI and will quickly encourage an e-wallet called Mobicash.

Assam IT department’s Joint Secretary Fakaruddin Ahmed told that a target has been set to type one lakh people digitally literate by March and 25 lakh by 2022.

“We have already trained 65000 people so far and our target is to make 25 lakh people digitally literate by 2022 for which Assam government has engaged a holistic approach,” he claimed.

Assam government has set the mark to provide television, internet and telephone connection over a single connection to deliver financial benefit to the people.