news Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute | January 10, 2015 | 8.40 am IST Kerala would become the first state to be fully covered by the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) project, department of telecom (DoT) officials said here Friday. Under the NOFN project, the government plans to connect 2.5 lakh gram panchayats through broadband by 2016 end. The government plans to connect 50,000 villages by the end of this year. Kerala will become fully connected by March, 2015. Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will launch the process of connecting the first district in the state Monday. Sources also said that the government is mulling to put a levy on telecom operators' annual spectrum usage charges for Swachch Bharat campaign, or the cleanliness drive launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi Oct 2, and DoT has been asked to vet the matter. According to sources it will be placed in Cabinet in the next meting Jan 15. At present, telecom companies pay a flat 5 percent of annual revenue as SUC for spectrum bought through auctions. IANS

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