Digital India: CSC aims 5 lakh rural Internet connections by September
NEW DELHI: Digital India: CSC aims 5 lakh rural Internet connections by September – CSC, the Centre’s special purpose vehicle (SPV) to deliver e-Governance services, is getting to deploy the maximum amount as 5 lakh fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections to facilitate high-speed Internet access in India’s villages by September this year.
“We have a target of 5 lakh fibre-to-the-home connections by September 2020, and are fully confident to realize it,” Dinesh Kumar Tyagi, chief executive, CSC e-Governance Services India told ETTelecom.
The government’s implementing agency has thus far provided 42,360 fiber-based connections in India’s rural and remote locations thus far and is expecting aggressive momentum within the days to return following the nationwide lockdown within the wake of the novel Coronavirus outbreak.
The Common Service Centres (CSCs) or Digital Seva Kendra are government-backed outlets or kiosks for the digital delivery of multiple citizen-centric services during a cost-efficient manner. India has quite 3 lakh such centers currently.
The digital centers, being managed by village-level entrepreneurs (VLE), are enabling employment and increasing income opportunities within rural India, consistent with Tyagi, who said that they provide a 50% margin to local entrepreneurs on the sale of every prepaid usage card that comes in various denominations like Rs 5, Rs 50 and Rs 500.
In June this year, the info usage on the rural network has increased to 206 Terabyte (TB) from 133TB in April and 55TB in January 2020, consistent with the agency which has been challenged in panchayats (blocks), schools and other state-owned institutions in maintaining the last-mile network, we had to shift equipment to CSC premises for reasons like better as the highest executive said, CSC was mandated to manage last-mile access across 1.08 lakh village blocks after it had conducted a pilot in 5,000 villages and subsequently received Internet Service Provider (ISP) license.
Tyagi also denied using any Chinese telecom gear saying that a majority of the equipment was already deployed by the time they took over the ambitious initiative and added that the village entrepreneurs procure it in line with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) norms and specifications.
From merely 22,000 village blocks that were made service-ready in July 2019 by Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL), the highest executive said that 78,704 blocks were up and running in but a year with the network in additional than 98,000 village blocks are restored presently.
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