AP Government Launches 15Mbps Broadband at Rs. 149 and 100Mbps to Offices at Rs.999. The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu launched AP FiberNet in Visakhapatnam on Thursday. Under the project, the government of Andhra Pradesh will offer low-cost broadband to households and workplaces.
Under the project, 15Mbps broadband connection will be provided at Rs. 149 per month to households and 100Mbps connection for offices at Rs. 999 per month.
Electrical poles will be used to lay overhead fibre net cable instead of underground cable to save on the cost.
Andhra Pradesh government signed an MoU with Cisco company as part of the inauguration of India’s first state wide broadband project ‘AP Fiber-Net‘ here.
The AP Fiber Grid Project has been taken up under the National Optic Fiber Network of the Centre as a pilot. The project has been implemented at a cost of Rs. 333 crore and it will be gradually rolled out to other districts of the state by July 2016.
“Digital transformation has emerged as the most transformative means to ignite sustainable growth and improve society,” Naidu said in a statement, according to Voice&Data. “My vision for the state is to digitally empower every citizen, enhance quality of life of citizens, accelerate economic competitiveness, boost local innovation and become a knowledge and technology hub of the country. Digital Andhra Pradesh is a step towards realising that vision.”
Cisco executive chairman John T Chambers said Cisco will set up an Internet of Everything (IoE) Innovation Centre in Visakhapatnam to foster regional innovation and will enable partners and startups to build solutions around IoE and engage in rapid prototyping.
“The state of Andhra Pradesh is leading the digital transformation in India,” Chambers said. “We are excited to collaborate with the government to build an infrastructure that gives the citizens of Andhra Pradesh access to employment & inclusion, innovation opportunities, educational outcomes, healthcare delivery and smart city services.”