President inaugurates Andhra Pradesh Fiber Grid Project
The Andhra Pradesh Fiber Grid Project was inaugurated by the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind at Velagapudi, Amaravathy on 27 December 2017.
The project, initiated by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, aims to expand high-speed internet facility in the state. It aims to cover over 1.45 crore households, more than 12,000 panchayats and 60,000 schools. It will also provide internet facilities to 10,000 government offices, 96 municipalities, 14 Corporations and 6,000 Public Health Centres in the state.
Speaking on the occasion, the President stated that from an expensive luxury even a decade ago, data and Internet access is today seen as a utility – as much a basic need as water, electricity and cooking gas. He stated that the world is moving towards a plug-and-play system where it will be the norm for houses and office spaces to come pre-configured with broadband connectivity. Andhra Pradesh is attempting to realise that potential.
Benefits of the Project
• Data connectivity is an important tool for human empowerment and social change.
• Farmers and small producers in rural areas use Internet connectivity to contact buyers in distant locations and make themselves aware of the real value of their products.
• Access to data will pave way for digital classrooms and telemedicine, which can help people leapfrog traditional handicaps.
• It will enable citizens to expand their circle of knowledge and make quality healthcare and diagnosis available even in distant areas.
The project is being implemented by the Andhra Pradesh State Fibernet Limited (APSFL), which has now become the largest state government-owned telecommunication company in the country. Under the project, the APSFL has already laid over 23,000 km of the total 55,000 km long Optical Fibre Cable in the 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh.
The first phase targets the households, while in the second phase, the project aims to roll out the services for all the 9000-gram panchayats from mandal headquarters, which are already connected through the BSNL network.
Besides this, the President inaugurated three other projects in Andhra Pradesh including Andhra Pradesh Surveillance Project, Drone Project and Free Space Optical Communication or FSOC system.
The Andhra Pradesh Government is planning to use drones for providing Real Time Information for Governance. The move will have multiple benefits in security and policing, mining, urban development, raising agricultural productivity, measuring forest cover, anticipating natural and other disasters.\