SHILLONG, July 6 – The BSNL is seeking to piggy-ride on State Electricity Boards’ transmission lines in the Northeastern States for a dedicated and ‘uninterrupted’ broadband Internet network, after a similar deal with Power Grid Corporation India Limited (PGCIL) was inked.
Chief General Manager, NE Circle-I DP Singh said, a 10 GB bandwidth Internet connectivity was leased from Submarine Cable Company in Bangladesh’s Cox Bazaar area which would bring massive changes in Internet connectivity.
Singh said this bandwidth would connect the Internet users of the region and the country not through the optical fibre network, but through high tension electricity line of PGCIL.
The BSNL CGM said optical fibre has its disadvantages as they regularly snap due to various developmental works like building of roads and other infrastructure thus disrupting Internet connection. But, in the case of high tension transmission lines the case is different.
“The high tension electricity lines seldom get snapped and they have no problems, on an average, for ten years. So we are taking the aerial route,” Singh added. BSNL is hiring 220 Gbps from PGCIL of which Meghalaya share would be 120 Gb, Mizoram 40 Gb and Tripura 60 Gb.
However, this bandwidth would reach only the State Capitals. For further distribution in the interiors of the respective States, the BSNL is seeking the State Electricity companies’ transmission network.
“We are seeking the State electricity corporations to lease their transmission lines so that the Internet bandwidth could be distributed to the sub-divisional headquarters and other rural areas of the States,” Singh stated.
Meanwhile, Singh informed that the Central Government has approved a comprehensive developmental plan for the region’s telephony network at a cost of Rs 5336.18 crore. The project would connect 8,621 villages and would be commissioned by September 2017.