Kerala will become the first state in the country to get high-speed internet connectivity via broadband till next March. It was decided in a cabinet meeting under Chief Minister Oommen Chandy yesterday.
This will be done as a part of National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN), whose aim is to connect all grama panchayats with high speed internet. A total length of 800 km Optical Fibre is required and about 150 km has already been laid. Each panchayat will need a 50 sq-ft area for the setup.
This programme is being implemented by BSNL Broadband Network Ltd (BBNL), under the monitoring by IT and and LSG departments.
If this widespread internet connectivity is achieved, the state will be benefited through various programmes which are of e-governance nature. It will remove the barrier in effective delivery of e-governance.
The previous Kerala State Wider Area Network (KSWAN) project of the IT Mission has already integrated over 3,500 offices and the e-district project has connected about 98 per cent villages of Kerala.