One more firsts to be added in list for Andhra Pradesh, The state is now all set to become the first in the country to introduce overhead optic fiber cable network for cable TV and internet connections.
Soon, Andhra will have 23,000 km long overhead optic fiber cable network. Electricity poles will be used for the overhead cable network. AP govt has saved about Rs 3,700 cr, going for the overhead optic fiber network. The state officials have estimated that close to Rs 4,000 cr will be required for the laying of the underground cable. The govt is presently spending Rs 330 cr towards the overhead network.
The program is being currently taken up under the central government’s ‘Bharat Net’ project, which aims at providing high speed internet connection up to 15 mbps to all households at just Rs 150 per month. The broadband connection on demand with a bandwidth that ranges between 100 mbps and one gbps will be given to the commercial houses.
“Many states could not move ahead as they had opted for the underground cable network. But AP has preferred the overhead network, which is affordable,” said a senior official in the Infrastructure Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (INCAP).
To this effect, the state government has conducted extensive GIS mapping of the electricity. Approximately 2,440 electric sub stations will be set up. Each of these sub station will cater to an area spread over 5 km radius.
Though the government is creating the infrastructure, it will not provide the broadband or cable TV connection to individual subscribers. A multiple system operator (MSO) will serve as an agency between the subscribers and the state government. It is estimated that there are about 10,000 MSOs in the state and the government will now utilize their services.
The cable work has already begun in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam districts. The entire Rayalaseema and Nellore districts will be covered soon, as part of the project. This grid is expected to be completed by June next year. According to officials, even the telecom and mobile companies can avail this facility.
“They can use our network in places where they do not have their cables. This will be a win-win situation for both the government and the private operators,” officials said, while speaking to the media.