Bengaluru sources have stated Aruna Sundararajan, Telecommunication Secretary said that all 6,092 gram panchayats in Karnataka will get 100 Mbps broadband internet connectivity by November. Sources have stated that at present, 643 villages have WiFi connectivity, where people can access free internet up to 100 Mbps per day per user.
Aruna added that “Karnataka can act as a role model for the rest of the states. Here the data consumption is 700-800 MB per user per day even in remote areas. There are 8,000 towns here and 5,000 have been covered by 3G and there is a strong push for 4G. There is vibrant competition at the grassroots level with private providers in the foray”.
Furthermore as many as 3,800 gram panchayats are
using the existing Bharat Net service for various schemes and the Government to
Citizen Services. Bharat Net is the new brand name of National Optical Fibre
Network (NOFN) which was launched in October, 2011, to provide broadband
connectivity to 2.5 lakh gram panchayats.