National broadband plan framework by fiscal end: Sibal

January 19th, 2011 - 10:57 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) Communications Minister Kapil Sibal Wednesday said the framework for the National Broadband Plan (NBP) will be ready by the end of this fiscal.”The framework for the National Broadband Plan will be finalised by the end of this fiscal,” Sibal said on the sidelines of a roundtable meeting on the issue with stakeholders.

The NBP will connect 160 million Indian households with high-speed internet connections by 2014. During the meeting Sibal emphasized on the urgent need for finalization of the broadband plan, including the strategy for roll out of optical fibre.

The National Broadband Plan including the Optical Fibre Network, as a national resource would be equitably available to all the concerned stakeholders for providing broadband services in non-discriminatory manner, he added.

The minister stated that the objective is to ensure inclusive growth through broadband for using various applications related to education, medical treatment, and entertainment and also an attempt to take it to every household.

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