TRAI has recommended public private partnership (PPP) model for the roll out of the Bharat Net project.
Bharat Net seeks to connect all of India’s households, particularly in rural areas, through broadband by 2017, forming the backbone of government’s ambitious Digital India programme.
At present, a special purpose vehicle, Bharat Broadband Network Ltd (BBNL), under the telecom ministry is handling the roll out of optical fibre network.
The concessionaire’s should be handed over task of deployment and implementation of the optical fibre cable and other network infrastructure as well as operating the network during the period of contract.
The UPA Government had approved Rs. 20,000 crore for laying optical fibre network in 2011. However, it missed all deadlines.