Indian Telephone Industries (ITI) Limited has bagged a work order from Tamil Nadu Fibrenet Corporation Limited (TANFINET) regarding BharatNet phase-II in Tamil Nadu for Package D.  The value of the contract is Rs 4.33 billion and has to be implemented within a time period of 360 days, followed by three years for operations and maintenance from the date of ‘project go-live’ in accordance with the delivery schedules.

The scope of work of includes planning, survey, supply, installation, commissioning, testing, end-to-end integration, operation and maintenance of optical fibre network (OFN), and electronics for broadband connectivity under BharatNet phase- II in Tamil Nadu for Package D. As part of this package, ITI Limited will be covering 10 districts/ 109 blocks/ 3103 gram panchayats/ 845 revenue villages across the length and breadth of Tamil Nadu state providing a minimum of 1Gbps bandwidth service.

The package also includes radio connectivity for gram panchayats that cannot be connected through fibre, implementation of horizontal connectivity to government premises, schools, and primary health centres (PHCs). Around 15000 kilometres of fibre cable will be laid, that includes underground and aerial fibre to connect gram panchayats with blocks, district centres, and state headquarter.

Commenting on the development, Rakesh Mohan Agarwal, chairman and managing director, ITI Limited, said, “We are proud to be a partner of government of Tamil Nadu which aims to empower rural Tamil Nadu and create jobs, opportunities, and growth. High-speed internet will be a big boon for students in rural areas, and will contribute towards addressing issues like digital-divide among rural population. ITI has implemented BharatNet phase-I in several states and TANFINET project gives us an opportunity to scale up our contribution further. We are focused on assisting government of India in its initiatives like make-in-India, digital-India, and smart city missions.”