STL has recently been awarded contract to create a high speed rural broadband network from Telangana Fiber Grid Corporation Ltd. (T-Fiber) worth Rs. 1,800 crore.
The multi-year deal requires STL to design, build and manage rural broadband network across 3,000 gram panchayats in Telangana.
Supporting the vision to establish a ‘Digital Telangana’, T-Fiber and STL will work together for enabling affordable and high-speed broadband connectivity to 6 million rural citizens in the state of Telangana.
The turnkey project entails designing and building an end-to-end rural broadband network across 11 districts, 3,000 gram panchayats of Telangana and managing the network for an additional seven years. The project has a significant O&M revenue stream, close to 30% of the overall project value i.e. around Rs. 540 crore.
The scope includes rolling out end-to-end network connectivity by deploying 64,000 kms of OFC (Optical Fibre Cable) network, as well as deploying IP-MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching), a routing technique and GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network), point to multipoint access to create seamless network connectivity. STL will leverage its latest network solutions such as LEAD360, iCORE and FTTx Mantra to deliver this project.
Commenting on the announcement, KS Rao, CEO, Network Software and Services, STL said, “The uniqueness of T-Fiber project is that it will connect every household across the rural part of the state through optical fiber and provide them with high speed internet connectivity. Internet connectivity will enable economic growth and social well-being of rural citizens, thereby make this project a shining example for rural development. STL is proud to be associated with T-Fiber.”
“We are happy to get STL on board and work together towards achieving Telangana state’s goals of enabling high quality digital reach to the remotest of households within the state and making them future ready, as part of the broader BharatNet project, said Sujai Karampuri, MD, T-Fiber & Director, ITE&C Department, Government of Telangana.
“This initiative will work as a digital revolution that would bridge the digital gap between urban and rural India. With T-Fiber project, we aim to provide an infrastructure for affordable and high-speed broadband connectivity and digital services across the state,” added Karampuri.