Idukki (Kerala): India’s first district with 100% rural broadband connectivity
Kerala is on the way to become the first state in the country to be fully covered by high-speed broadband connectivity by March 2015 under the national optical fibre network (NOFN) project.
Meanwhile, Its Idukki district - predominantly rural and relatively inaccessible - has already achieved the distinction of being the first district in India with 100% high-speed rural broadband connectivity.
Points to Note
The NOFN project - under the ambitious Digital India programme - aims to connect 2.5 lakh gram panchayats across the nation by December 2016.
- It will link each of the 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats of India through Broadband optical fibre network benefitting over 600 million rural citizens.
- At a high bandwidth speed of 100 Mbps it aims to facilitate delivery of various e-Services and applications including e-health, e-education, e-governance and e-commerce in the future.
- This will also boost local employment opportunities in the areas of e-commerce, IT outsourcing e-banking, e-health and e-education to name a few.
A quick implementation
- Officials found to be dragging their feet on its implementation, will be punished by the Department of Telecom.
Digital India programme
- Digital India is a flagship programme of the Central Government which aims to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy.