August will see the new rise of Fiber grid enabled Andhra Pradesh, the first state to have its own telecom license! Phone numbers starting with 796 series will be issued starting August this year, making the state the first of its kind to start an internet based telephone service.
AP will begin its internet based telephone service without any further registration required. The state received this opportunity while applying for permission with the Telecom Ministry to start its own IPTV – Internet Protocol based TV network. The permit was granted, making AP the state with seamless fiber optic connectivity at affordable rates.
IPTV — Internet Protocol based Television network was envisioned by the AP State Government as part of its Fibre Grid project. The first phase will see a roll out with pre decided low cost rates, and also to provide free telephone services within the state via fiber optic grid. This means access to advanced internet features such as video calls and Skype.
“The government can provide free telephone services within the region through internet which means you can also skype and have video calls,” explained S. Harikrishna, Executive Director of A.P. State FibreNet Ltd, the special purpose vehicle.
To this effect, tenders have already been called for the 10,000 ‘triple pay IP boxes’. These boxes can be installed at all the households, through which the broadband internet connectivity will be provided.
To make the mission effective, local and national cable TV operators are also being pulled in to enable last mile connectivity. Speed will be enhanced from 10 mbps to 1 GB or more, depending on the end user’s payment capacity.
“For a basic cost of Rs.149 per month, we intend to provide interactive connections with digitised channels, internet, wi-fi and net telephony,” Harikrishna said, while speaking to a leading newspaper daily.
It is said that as many as 2,500 sub-stations will have Points of Presence from where cable operators have the feasibility to take the optic fiber to households.