Last Updated On: 14/08/2015
A World Bank study has estimated that a 10% increase in broadband connectivity leads to 1.38% increase in Gross Domestic Product(GDP). Broadband penetration in India at present is less than 2%.
Government of India has approved the setting up of National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN) on 25/10/211 to provide connectivity to 2,50,000 Gram Panchayats of the country, which would ensure broadband connectivity with adequate bandwidth. This is to be achieved utilizing the existing optical fiber and extending it to the Gram Panchayats.
Broadband is a tool for improving the lives of people by providing affordable and equitable access to information and knowledge. For individuals, broadband has direct impact on their day to day life style. It can contribute towards increased trade and employment avenues.
Information and communication Technologies (ICT) applications such as e-Commerce, e-Banking, e-Governance, e-Education and Tele-medicine require high speed Internet connectivity. NOFN will facilitate this.