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2018-12-19

Bharat Net Scheme : Unstarred Question in Loksabha

Bharat Net Scheme

(a) the amount of funds that have been spent on the Bharat Net Scheme by the Government till date; 
(b) the number of villages that have commercial FTTH (fiber-to-the home) connections in the country, State/UT-wise; 
(c) the number of villages that have been connected with commercial broadband under the Bharat Net Project; 
(d) whether the Government has undertaken any measures to increase uptake of connections under the Bharat Net Project by gram panchayats; 
(e) the role and duties of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) and other agencies in the implementation of the Bharat Net project; and 
(f) the details regarding outstanding due from BSNL, BBNL and other agencies in the operation and maintenance for the Bharat Net project ?


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS

LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 1603                                          ANSWERED ON: 19.12.2018

Bharat Net Scheme

MALLIKARJUN KHARGE
BHARATENDRA SINGH

Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS be pleased to state:-

(a) the amount of funds that have been spent on the Bharat Net Scheme by the Government till date; 
(b) the number of villages that have commercial FTTH (fiber-to-the home) connections in the country, State/UT-wise; 
(c) the number of villages that have been connected with commercial broadband under the Bharat Net Project; 
(d) whether the Government has undertaken any measures to increase uptake of connections under the Bharat Net Project by gram panchayats; 
(e) the role and duties of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) and other agencies in the implementation of the Bharat Net project; and 
(f) the details regarding outstanding due from BSNL, BBNL and other agencies in the operation and maintenance for the Bharat Net project ?

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE (IC) OF THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS &
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(SHRI MANOJ SINHA)

(a) Rs. 17,786 crore has been spent under the Bharat Net Scheme by the Government till date.

(b) & (c) Free FTTH have been provisioned for all GPs under BharatNet for one year and 14980 FTTH (fiber-to-the home) commercial connections have been provided by BSNL under BharatNet Project. The State wise details of FTTH connections is enclosed as ANNEXURE-I. 

(d) Yes. To trigger the ecosystem and promote BharatNet utilization, highly concessional Tariff for bandwidth and dark fibre for utilizing the network for service delivery has been formulated and applied. 

There are multiple measures, taken for the utilization of BharatNet e.g.

Several conferences/ meetings have been held with multiple stake holders like, TSPs/ISPs/ Cable Operators/ States etc. for encouraging the utilization of BharatNet in rural areas. 
Wi-Fi Hotspots installations by CSC-SPV at 32,828 GPs.
Rajasthan has been given the work of commissioning the Wi-Fi Hotspot at 10,000 GPs.
BBNL is providing Wi-Fi Network for all GPs. Agencies for over all 1.05 lakhs GPs have been selected. 
The States have been encouraged take FTTH connections under BharatNet. 

(e) The roles and duties of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) and other agencies in the implementation of the Bharat Net project is enclosed as ANNEXURE-II. 

(f) The payment of operation and maintenance charges are made by BBNL on the basis of invoice received and examined, from the agencies. This is done on continuous basis. 

Source: Loksabha

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