The Union government is preparing the next phase of BharatNet and will be finalising a public private partnership (PPP) model soon. Under the model, each state is likely to be allowed to invite private players based on demand.

The proposal, which is at an advanced stage, includes models wherein states hold the decision to take up the fibre network optimisation role. The PPP framework will be divided into three broad models – utilisation, maintenance and creation. Further, the states will be given the autonomy to decide which model or combination of models to be used.

According to industry sources, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has firmed up the proposal with NITI Aayog, for monetising BharatNet and soon it will be sent to the Cabinet for approval.

The model is said to empower states to take their own decision on private participation.