BSNL re­fuses to lease fiber for 30k-cr project

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State-run telco Bharat San­char Nigam (BSNL) has re­fused to lease its un­used fiber re­sources for Rs 30,000-crore gov­ern­ment’s e-ser­vices tele­com project. Ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports, the pro­posed gov­ern­ment-to-cit­i­zen com­mu­nity e-ser­vices project de­pends heav­ily on BSNL’s in­fra­struc­ture, es­pe­cially its dark fiber re­sources, but BSNL has ex­pressed its in­abil­ity to lease the dark fiber. The telco has in­formed Bharat Broad­band Net­works (BBNL) about it. BBNL has been man­dated to de­liver e-ser­vices such as e-health, e-ed­u­ca­tion, e-gov­er­nance to e-com­merce trans­ac­tions across 2.5 lakh gram pan­chay­ats. “DoT in­sid­ers fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter have said that the telco is averse to leas­ing its un­used fiber on grounds that it needs spare band­width for en­sur­ing un­in­ter­rupted tele­com cov­er­age in re­mote ar­eas and for its own net­work ex­pan­sion needs,” me­dia re­ports said. The Depart­ment of Tele­com (DoT) was pre­par­ing to seek Cab­i­net ap­proval for im­ple­ment­ing the e-ser­vices project. The tele­com depart­ment is ea­ger to im­ple­ment the e-ser­vices project as it wants to cre­ate a ru­ral broad­band ecosys­tem by lever­ag­ing the Rs 21,000-crore NOFN back­bone in In­dia.

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