In the first phase, Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) has completed 1.25 lakh Gram Panchayats (GPs) and the remaining 1.25 lakh GPs will be completed through three models – State-led Model, Private Sector Model and CPSU Model. For completing, 1.25 lakh GPs, BBNL has gone for an mix of underground OFC, aerial OFC, radio and satellite.
State-led Model – Chattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Odisha and Telangana have been approved for implementation along with quantum of funding by the Telecom Commission. Chattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha have issued work order/purchase order for implementing the project and Rs. 1,973 crore has been released. Tamil Nadu tender has not been floated so it needs to move fast to catch up with other states.
Private Sector Model – Bihar and Punjab has opted for Private Sector Model. BBNL has placed work orders and implementation is in progress for both the states.
CPSU Model – Under CPSU Model, PGCIL has been assigned two states – Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Financial evaluation and negotiations has been done for Himachal Pradesh whereas financial evaluation is under process for Uttarakhand. Work order needs to be given for both the states.
BSNL has been assigned 8 states and DPRs have been submitted for Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, UP (E), UP (W), West Bengal and Sikkim. DPRs have been approved by the Telecom Commission and Rs. 3,165.10 crore has been released to BSNL. BSNL has floated tenders for 40,978 GPs out of them work order issued for 24,796 GPs.
About 6,407 GPs located in remote and hilly locations in North East, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand with poor connectivity are being provided through satellite media so as to provide broadband to all GPs. Out of 6,407 GPs, 1,407 GPs are being provided through BSNL and rest through BBNL. Installation has been completed at 1,043 GPs of which 882 GPs have been made service ready.
Remaining states need to freeze on their requirements at the earliest so that all 1.25 lakh GPs can be connected latest by 2020.