Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL), a SPV set up by the Government of India for the establishment, management and operation of BharatNet, has installed 169,481 FTTH (Fiber To The Home) connections in gram panchayats across India.
During the Corona pandemic, there has been an increased demand for FTTH in gram panchayats and in the last 4 1/2 months BBNL has added 131,607 FTTH connections which is a great achievement for the company.
With Work From Home and School From Home gaining importance during COVID-19 times, the demand for FTTH connections to avail full broadband services will definitely increase in times to come so that rural students and employees can also avail the benefit of broadband by completing their school and office in the comfort of their village homes.
To expand Broadband, Cable TV and FTTH services in gram panchayats, BBNL is talking to TSPs/ISPs/Cable TV operators both at the national level and at the local level in the states, to educate them about the availability of BBNL bandwidth and dark fibre and encourage them to use the BharatNet network for delivery of commercial Broadband Services, Cable TV Services and FTTH in gram panchayats.
The MoU signed between BBNL and state governments also mandates the state governments to deploy at least one FTTH connection in each gram panchayat for broadband connectivity but the demand for FTTH connections is increasing exponentially.
Recently, BharatNet Project has been extended to accommodate all villages in the country. In the last five years, 1.5 lakh gram panchayats in the country have been connected with optical fiber and in the coming 1,000 days all 6 lakh villages in the country will be connected with optical fiber thereby opening up additional FTTH requirements in rural India.