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N Ravi Shanker Interviews

N Ravi Shanker Interviews: Chairman and MD, Bharat Broadband Network Ltd | IBEF

N Ravi Shanker Interviews: Chairman and MD, Bharat Broadband Network Ltd | IBEF

The Government of India approved the setting up of the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) in 2011, with the aim of providing broadband connectivity with adequate bandwidth to 2,50,000 gram panchayats in India. N Ravi Shanker is currently Chairman and MD, Bharat Broadband Network Ltd (BBNL), which is the special purpose vehicle (SPV) established by the Government of India for establishment, management and operation of NOFN. In this interaction with IBEF, he discusses the progress being made by BBNL in the NOFN project, and the impact it is expected to have on development in the coming years.

Roadmap for NOFN rollout

Roadmap for NOFN rollout
The progress so far is that we have seen that applications have benefitted people (across three pilot projects). As and when the rollout of the main project occurs, that will be a pull factor for more applications and content   Read More >>

Expected impact on India's GDP

Expected impact on India's GDP
If around Rs 20,000 crore to Rs 30,000 crore is put in the NOFN, there would be corresponding investments of around Rs 1,50,000 crore, which would span across telecom, IT, media and entertainment sectors, which will actually play a huge part in the economic growth.   Read More >>

Opportunities for inclusive development

Opportunities for inclusive development

Higher bandwidth (through NOFN) will ensure streaming of video lessons, streaming of entertainment, tele-medicine solutions so that you can have patient to hospital interactions from the rural areas through the referral centres, etc

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Core agenda of NOFN

Core agenda of NOFN
The idea behind NOFN is that incremental optical fibre be laid from where optical fibre exists to where it ought to reach – the gram panchayat   Read More >>

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