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Airtel partners with DoT to boost broadband penetration in rural India

June 13, 2018

Bharti Airtel has partnered with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to boost broadband penetration in rural India by setting up broadband experience centres using BharatNet infrastructure. Airtel would be providing 100 mbps connectivity to these centres.


Under the partnership, Airtel has set up three broadband experience centres, one each in Ghazipur, Gorakhpur and Varanasi districts of Uttar Pradesh. Airtel has already committed to partner with BharatNet in up to 30,500 gram panchayats, the company said in a statement.

These modern centres will enable citizens and local entrepreneurs to experience high speed broadband connectivity as well as get access to use cases relating to e-governance, e-health and e-banking and e-commerce and much more, it said.

For providing other digital and web based services, Airtel have joined hands with Jiva Ayurveda, Takshilla E-Learning Services and Amazon.

Under BharatNet, the DoT has embarked upon a visionary project to connect 250,000 gram panchayat villages with optic fibre connectivity. The project envisages the extension of optic fibre from block head quarter to the gram panchayat level.

In the first phase, 100,000 villages have been connected with optic fibre for providing seamless broadband connectivity to the rural population. The second phase of the project aims at connecting the remaining 150,000 gram panchayats which is targeted to be completed by March 2019.


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