SUBJECT : Satellite for Connectivity 


Satellite connectivity will be provided to enable people to avail internet facility in the far flung areas of the State under the ‘Connect All Gram Panchayats’ programme. 

At places where it is not possible to connect the gram panchayats with Optical Fiber Cable (OFC), satellite connectivity will be provided under Bharat Net Program.  

According to a survey, at least 25 gram panchayats lying in far flung areas and hilly regions of the State will be connected by satellite under Bharat Net II programme, which will be implemented in the State from this year an official revealed. 

In order to connect 2,564 gram panchayats with Broadband facility, the Telecommunication Commission of India has approved a project at a cost of over Rs 350 crore under Bharat Net Phase II. Telecommunication Commission has set a target to connect all the 6,830 gram panchayats in the State with Broadband facility.

While Bharat Net Phase-I is being implemented in the State to connect 4,266 gram panchayats, rest 2,564 will be covered under Bharat Net Phase II. 

The entire Project will be funded by the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF), said Sanjay Singh, Administrator of USOF. 

Mr.Singh informed the State government today about the decision of the Telecommunication Commission. Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Limited (OPTCL) has been awarded the contract to take up the entire program, which will complete the project in a time bound manner. 

The Bharat Net Phase I implementation has been tardy even as the Central PSUs involved in project implementation have slowed down.  Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) is implementing the programme through three Central PSBs—BSNL, Power Grid and RailTel in the country. 

But implementation of the massive project has been slow due to variety of reasons, admit officials. While Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) is implementing Bharat Net Phase I in Odisha, it is going very slow over the implementation of the Project.

So the Telecom Commission has awarded the contract to the State PSU, which has been performing exceedingly well with the efforts of CMD, OPTCL, Hemant Sharma. Optical Fiber Cable (OFC) will be laid on total route of 13, 511 kilometer on the transmission line of the OPTCL, said sources.

There will be no underground cable. While 2,539 gram panchayats will be connected though OFC, 25 will be connected through Satelitte. Under this backdrop, the Department of Telecommunications in the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has urged the State Government to chalk out implementation strategy with the State Level Implementation Committee chaired by the Chief Secretary. 

Mr.Singh, Administrator USOF is heading the Project Steering Committee, which has all Heads of State Implementation Agencies to monitor the progress, said sources. Once the project is completed, activities will be initiated to undertake key services such as e-Governance, e-Education and e-Health.

With Bharat Net Phase I nearing completion, focus will be on ensuring network utilization through the implementation of these above key projects for the benefit of the people, said an official.

Source: 09.01.2018