News On Projects
Products & Services
Projects Database
Tenders Database
E - Newsletter
EPXonline.com
Project Financing
Contracts & Awards
Energy
Electricity
Mining
Oil & Gas
Infrastructure
Airport
Port
Railway
Road
Freezone
Construction
Manufacturing
Cement
Engineering
Automobile
Plastic
Metal
Textile
Paper & Packaging
Leather
Sugar
Edible Oil
Electrical & Electro
Processing
Chemical
Drugs & Pharma
Fertiliser
I-C-T
Communication
IT
Telecom
Water
Pump Station
Water Treatment
Water Supply
Hospitality
Hotel
Restaurant
Resort
Entertainment
Sports
Multiplex
Theme Park
Food & Beverages
Hospital
Service
Social
Science
Irrigation
Government
Policy
Economic Indicators
Company News
Commerce
Miscellaneous
News Uploaded On : Friday, March 25, 2016 12:51:00 PM IND Back  |  Latest Projects  |  Latest Tenders
 
 E-mail this to a friend        Printable version       Story Viewed 1158 Times
'Speed up Andaman & Nicobar, Lakshadweep connectivity plan'.
The telecom regulator has urged the government to speed up investment of about Rs. 2,300 crore to improve 2G, 3G and optical fibre cable (OFC) connectivity in the Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep islands on the grounds of national security.

"In view of the strategic importance of these islands, a comprehensive capital investment of Rs 1,773 crore for Andaman & Nicobar and Rs 505 crore for Lakshadweep islands, as suggested by the authority, must be implemented without further delay to improve telecoms and broadband infrastructure," the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said in a March 23 letter to the telecom department (DoT). EThas seen a copy of this letter.

The regulator had originally recommended the capital investment for boosting telecom coverage on the islands nearly two years ago.

"Reliable telecommunications between these groups of islands from the Indian mainland is vital as they safeguard the country's eastern and western seaboards respectively, and are strategically vital from the point of security as they are closer to foreign countries like Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar and Maldives than the Indian mainland," Trai said in its letter to DoT.

Trai suggested that the government tap into the Universal Services Obligation Fund to finance telecoms infrastructure on the islands.

USOF, an independent DoT arm funded by telecom operators, seeks to ensure connectivity in rural, remote or commercially unviable regions by subsidising telecom infrastructure.

Last month, DoT sought the regulator's views on satellite and OFC connectivity cost estimates for boosting coverage on the islands. Apart from the one-time capital investment, Trai urged DoT to "compensate the commercially non-viable telecom operations in these remote islands by arranging. Rs. 130 crore annual viability gap funding for five years".

In its communique to DoT, the regulator also suggested undersea optical fibre cable links connecting the islands with Chennai and Kolkata as a long-term solution.

In the interim, Trai urged DoT to "augment satellite bandwidth in these islands as a short-term solution, since execution of submarine cable systems will take at least 18-to-24 months, post-government approval". BSNL has pegged the total cost of augmenting satellite bandwidth and intra-island OFC networks in the Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep islands at roughly Rs. 85 crore.

ET

Post your comments:

Your name: *
E-Mail Id:
E-mail ID will not be published
Comment: *
Maximum 500 Characters
    
Related Stories
BSNL to sign pact with Nokia on 5G, IoT applications.
OFC of 1,55,000 km laid under BharatNet project.
RIL plans to invest another Rs. 30,000 crore into Jio Infocomm.
Vodafone to invest over Rs. 500 cr in Gujarat to expand 4G services.
Cabinet okays telecom spectrum mega auction.
Phase-1 of AP fibre grid project to be ready by July-end.
Vodafone launching 3G services in 50 towns in Assam.
Vodafone launches 4G services in Delhi-NCR.
Bhasin Group to build Rs. 150 cr tower at Noida in 99 days.
BSNL plans to launch 4G services by March.
RELATED PROJECTS & TENDERS
ADVERTISEMENT
MOST POPULAR STORIES NOW
For all enquiries please contact
Tel: 022 - 25961254, 25960909
Mobile: 9821464666/09751178830
Mail: marketing@newsonprojects.com

OUR OTHER PRODUCTS & SERVICES:    Projects Database   |   Project e-Newsletter   |   Tenders Database   |   Commissioned Power Plants   |   Company Index
About Us   |   Contact Us   |   Terms of Use   |   Advertise with Us   |   Privacy Policy   |   Disclaimer   |   Feedback