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Operators pay advance fee for leveraging BharatNet’s bandwidth

November 13, 2017

Telecom operators have paid an advance fee to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to utilise bandwidth under the BharatNet project.  Operators, after taking the broadband fibre from BharatNet, will be providing last mile broadband connectivity in villages.

Bharti  Airtel has promised to adopt 30,500 gram panchayats (GPs) to connect its 4G broadband network using BharatNet’s optical fibre. The company has already installed 4G BTSs (base tower stations) in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. RJIL has said it will provide services to 30,000 GPs whereas Vodafone and Idea would adopt 2,000 and 1,000 villages for the same.

To this end, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL) has paid Rs 130 million whereas Bharti Airtel has advanced a payment of Rs 50 million. Meanwhile, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular have paid Rs 1.1 million and Rs 500,000 respectively to the DoT. The token amount was handed over to Bharat Broadband Network (BBNL), the principal organisation undertaking the BharatNet project.


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