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The administrator of the Universal Service Obligation (USO) Fund has launched a scheme for financially supporting wireline-based broadband connections in rural areas.

February 15, 2009
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The administrator of the Universal Service Obligation (USO) Fund has launched a scheme for financially supporting wireline-based broadband connections in rural areas. DoT has invited expressions of interest from private operators for this project.

Operators with valid licences for basic services or unified access services are eligible to apply for the scheme, provided they have outdoor copper cable networks from their existing serving exchanges in rural and remote areas, with backhaul and backbone connectivity on optic fibre. The USO Fund has already signed an agreement with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to provide 860,000 broadband connections to individual users and government institutions in rural areas over a fiveyear period. The exact amount being given to BSNL from the USO Fund is not known.

 
 
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