Bharat Broadband Network Limited
Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL), is a Telecom infrastructure provider, set up by the government of India for the establishment, management and operation of National Optical Fibre Network. It is under Telecom department.
On 25 October 2011 the government of India approved the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) to connect all 2,50,000 Gram panchayats (GPs) in the country. This is to be achieved utilizing the existing optical fiber and extending it to the Gram panchayats. Bangalore based United Telecoms Ltd (UTL ) had won the GPON bid being lowest bidder. The bid of UTL was almost 80% lower to the nearest bidder ITI followed by Tejas, Sterlite etc. BSNL, RailTel and PGCIL have been assigned the execution work by BBNL. Other government companies like C-DOT, TCIL and NIC are working with BBNL on the NOFN Project. The funding of the project is from Universal Services Obligation Fund.
As on April 2013, Gujarat state government has planned to connect all the villages through Fiber optic network. This network will be provided by BBNL and to be used for eGRAM project. BBNL, State government and Central government are part of this project.
- "BBNL may become full-blown telecom services company". Economic times (Kolkata, India). 29 October 2013.
- "Company Profile". Bharat Broadband Network Limited. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
- "Bharat Broadband plans to hook up all 2.5 lakh panchayats by Dec-end". The Hindu - Business Line (India). 17 July 2013.
- "Gujarat inks pact with GOI, BBNL for optical fiber network". Business Standard (Vadodara, India). 14 April 2013.
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