Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Monday commissioned India’s first hi-speed rural broadband network in Kerala’s Idukki district, an official statement said. Speaking on the occasion, Prasad said the country was witnessing “a new era of digital empowerment” and his government “has firmly set its focus on the all round development and inclusive growth of the country”.
“NOFN (National Optical Fibre Network) project is a giant leap in order to bridge the digital divide in India by linking all gram panchayats through the common platform of optical fibre cable. I extend my complete support to this project and I am proud to be a part of this new digital journey in India’s history,” the minister said. NOFN is set to link 600 million rural citizens of India across 2.5 lakh gram panchayats of India spread over 6,600 blocks and 631 districts through broadband optical fibre network.