Broadband: Department of Telecommunications Seeks Time From PMO To Complete Nation-wide Project

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The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has approached the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) for a nine-month extension of the national broadband project rollout deadline to December 2016, citing delayed procurement of key devices that will carry voice, data and video signals over a countrywide fibre-optic network at very high speeds.

These devices, known as Gigabit Passive Optical Network, or GPON, systems, will be used for taking high-speed Internet to remote areas to expand broadband penetration.

The PMO’s call for concluding the entire national broadband rollout by March 2016 “is very ambitious as delivery of GPON systems has only just commenced,”said DoT in an internal note to the PMO, a copy of which was seen by ET. The exercise involves laying fibre of a total length of about 6 lakh kilometre.

Apart from delayed supplies of GPON devices, DoT has sought additional time since telecom ducts that will be used for laying optic fibre cables across India also remain in short supply, which in turn has hit trenching and cable-laying operations. Original post at ET Telecom

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