Sterlite Tech Gets Rs 1,500 Cr Bharatnet Contract For 8 Maharashtra Districts

Two weeks after announcing a Rs 3,500 cr order to build the Indian Navy’s communication network, Sterlite Technologies said it won a Rs 1,512 cr order to connect 4,045 panchayats in Maharashtra under the BharatNet project.

The announcement comes close on the heels of GTPL Hathway and Polycab Wires announcing a Rs 1,246 cr order to connect 3,767 panchayats in Gujarat as part of the same project.

BharatNet, also Bharat Broadband Network Limited, is a fiber network being set up by the government of India to provide a minimum of 100 Mbps broadband connectivity all 2.5 lakh village government units (gram panchayats) in the country. It is currently in Phase II.

The backbone is made on an open access model and other ISPs and telcos are able to use for connecting their towers and cables to the Internet. Read More

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