TRAI Issues Implementation Model for Bharat Net


New Delhi: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has today issued a Consultation paper on “Implementation Model for Bharat Net”

Digital India was conceived by weaving various strands of communication and information technology for digital empowerment of citizens and delivering better governance. Establishment of broadband highways forms the first pillar of Digital India. Therefore, timely commissioning of a reorganized version of National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) is very imperative.

The implementation of NOFN was not moving as per plans, TRAI had given certain recommendations on ‘Delivering Broadband Quickly: What do we need to do?’ dated 17th April, 2015. In addition, DoT had appointed an expert Committee which submitted its detailed report recommending rechristening of the project as Bharat Net with three implementation models.

Some views regarding the implementation have been raised and therefore the Authority looked into one more possible alternate model –“Build-Own-Operate-Transfer” (BOOT) model. The Authority has come out with Consultation Paper (CP) to discuss issues related to strategies to find best model of implementation for BharatNet.