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National Optical Fibre Network(NOFN)

At present OFC (Optical Fibre Cable) connectivity is available in all State Capitals, Districts, HQs and upto the Block Level. There is a plan to connect all the 2,50,000 Gram panchayats in the country. This will be done by utilizing existing fibres of PSUs (BSNL, Railtel and Power Grid) and laying incremental fibre to connect to Gram Panchayats wherever necessary. Dark fibre network thus created will be lit by appropriate technology thus creating sufficient bandwidth at the Gram Panchayats. This will be called the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN). Thus connectivity gap between Gram Panchayats and Blocks will be filled.

 

Non-discriminatory access to the NOFN will be provided to all the Service Providers. These service providers like Telecom Service Providers(TSPs), ISPs, Cable TV operators and Content providers can launch various services in rural areas. Various categories of applications like e-health, e-education and e-governance etc. can be provided by these operators. The NOFN project is estimated to cost about Rs. 20,000 Cr. It is proposed to be completed in 2 years’ time. The project will be funded by the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF).

 

The company has been granted National Long Distance Operating (NLDO) license by DOT to w.e.f. 01.04.2013.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: What is the National Optical Fibre Network? Government of India has approved on 25-10-2011 the setting up of National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN) to provide connectivity to all the 2,50,000 Gram Panchayats(GPs)... Read more
Q2: What is BBNL? Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL), is a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), set up by the Government of India for the Establishment, Management and... Read more
Q3: What benefit will I get from NOFN? NOFN has the potential to transform many aspects of our lives including video, data, internet, telephone services in areas such as education, business, entertainment... Read more
  • Department of Telecommunications
  • Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited
  • Power Grid Corporation of India Limited
  • RailTel Corporation of India Ltd.
  • National Informatics Centre
  • Centre for Development of Telematics, Telecom Technology Centre of Govt. of India
  • Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd.
  • Tenders India