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BharatNet PROJECT

BharatNet PROJECT

Context:

On behalf of Department of Telecommunication, Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) has invited global tender for the Development (Creation, Upgradation, Operation & Maintenance and Utilisation) of BharatNet through Public Private Partnership model in 9 separate packages across 16 states for a concession period of 30 years.

Recent Updates:

  • The Government will provide a maximum Grant of Rs. 19041 Crore as Viability Gap Funding.
  • The Project shall cover an estimated 3.61 lakh Villages (including Gram Panchayats) across Kerala, Karnataka, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Tripura, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.
  • The existing BharatNet was connecting all the Gram Panchayats (GPs) by laying of OFC between Block and GPs. The scope of BharatNet has now been extended to connect all the Inhabited Villages of the country, approx. 6.43 lakhs (inclusive of GPs).

The scope of work under BharatNet PPP Project:

  • Connecting the remaining unconnected GPs under the BharatNet project and all the inhabited Villages beyond the GPs.
  • Updation of the existing BharatNet Network from Linear to Ring topology.
  • Operation and Maintenance (O&M) and Utilisation of the existing as well as the newly deployed network.
  • The existing BharatNet network across these 16 States will become part of this Project. Last Date of submission of Tender bid is 24/08/2021.

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