Within BharatNet Phase-II, more than 3,100 Gram Panchayats in ten districts in Tamil Nadu will be provided with a minimum of 1 GBPS bandwidth service. The package also includes radio connectivity for Gram Panchayats that cannot be connected through optical fibre.
December 24, 2021
ITI Limited, a PSU under the Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications, has received an order from Tamil Nadu Fibrenet Corporation Limited (TANFINET) for BharatNet Phase-II for Package D.
According to the official release, the contract is valued at INR 432.97 crore and has to be implemented within 360 days, followed by three years for operations and maintenance from the date of ‘Project Go-Live’ under the delivery schedules.
The scope of work includes planning, survey, supply, installation, commissioning, testing, end-to-end integration, operation and maintenance of Optical Fibre Network (OFN), and Electronics for Broadband connectivity. Within package D, ITI will cover ten districts comprising – 109 Blocks, 3,103 Gram Panchayats, and 845 Revenue Villages in Tamil Nadu, providing a minimum of 1 GBPS bandwidth service.
The package also includes radio connectivity for Gram Panchayats that cannot be connected through optical fibre, implementation of horizontal connectivity to government premises, schools, and primary health centres (PHCs). Around 15,000 km of optical fibre cable will be laid, including underground and aerial fibre to connect Gram Panchayats with blocks, district centres, and state headquarter.
ITI Limited has gained experience in executing OFN work around the country and is executing OFN works worth around INR 4,500 crore in Maharashtra and Gujarat. ITI Limited is the Project Implementation Agency (PIA) for MahaNet-I (BharatNet Phase II) in Maharashtra. In Gujarat, ITI Limited is executing two packages of BharatNet Phase II for Gujarat Fibre Grid Network Ltd (GFGNL).
Speaking on the order and ITI’s role in the BharatNet Project, Mr. Rakesh Mohan Agarwal, Chairman & Managing Director, ITI Limited said, “ITI has implemented BharatNet Phase I in several states, and TANFINET project gives us an opportunity to scale up our contribution further. We are focused on assisting Govt. of India in its initiatives like Make-in-India, Digital-India, and Smart City missions.”