Sterlite Technologies Limited (STL) has received a contract from Telangana Fiber Grid Corporation Limited (T-Fiber) to create a high speed rural broadband network across the state.  As part of this, T-Fiber and STL will work together for enabling affordable and high-speed broadband connectivity to six million rural citizens in the state of Telangana.

As a state-led program, Telangana Government has initiated T-Fiber to provide broadband connectivity up to the household level across the state by rolling-out optical fibre and network infrastructure.

STL was awarded a work order for about Rs 11 billion under phase 1 of the project. The total project value is worth about Rs 18 billion for which STL has received the letter of intent.

This turnkey project entails designing and building an end-to-end rural broadband network across 11 districts, 3,000 gram panchayats of Telangana and managing the network for an additional seven years. The project has a significant O&M revenue stream, close to 30 per cent of the overall project value.

The scope includes rolling out end-to-end network connectivity by deploying 64,000 kms of optical fibre cable network (OFC), as well as deploying IP multiprotocol label switching (MPLS), a routing technique and gigabit passive optical network (GPON), a point to multipoint access to create seamless network connectivity. STL will leverage its latest network solutions such as LEAD360, iCORE and FTTx Mantra to deliver this project.

Commenting on the announcement, KS Rao, CEO, network software and services, STL, said, “We are excited to have been awarded the T-Fiber project. At STL, we are constantly working to innovate and create a smart digital ecosystem with our projects ranging from tower, home and enterprise connectivity to rural broadband and smart cities. The uniqueness of T-Fiber project is that it will connect every household across the rural part of the state through optical fibre and provide them high speed internet connectivity. Internet connectivity will enable economic growth and social well-being of rural citizens, thereby make this project a shining example for rural development. STL is proud to be associated with T-Fiber.”

Meanwhile, Sujai Karampuri, managing director, T-Fiber, and director, ITE&C Department, Government of Telangana, said, “We are happy to get STL on board and work together towards achieving Telangana state’s goals of enabling high quality digital reach to the remotest of households within the state and making them future ready, as part of the broader ‘BharatNet’ project. This initiative will work as a digital revolution that would bridge the digital gap between urban and rural India. With T-Fiber project, we aim to provide an infrastructure for affordable and high-speed broadband connectivity and digital services across the state.”