Thursday, March 17, 2016
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu today launched AP Fiber Grid in presence of Cisco Executive Chairman John Chambers.
Chandrababu Naidu speaking on the launch termed it as an important stemp towards realizing the dream for digital empowerment of common man. The project aims to set up State-wide high-speed optical fibre infrastructure leveraging the existing assets of the electricity transmission/distribution companies such as electric poles and sub-sttions to provide last mile connectivity to1.3 crore households. The total cost for aerial cables to provide internet, telephone and 100 free-to-air channels is Rs.330 crore. He said that in the nex phase, underground cable network will be laid . AP State Fibre Net Ltd., the nodal agency is implementing the project and will provide 15 Mbps connection to households at Rs.149 and to 100 Mbps to offices at Rs.999 per month by involving local operators. Chambers, who is also the chairman of the India US-Business council said they were expecting the State to be in driver’s seat in ushering in digital revolution in the world’s largest democracy. He said that their investment is a commitment to help the State develop an ecosystem of talent, entrepreneurship and innovation to drive growth, generate jobs and support sustainable growth.