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National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN)

National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN) is an ambitious initiative to speed up the broadband revolution in rural areas. NOFN was conceived in the form of super highway, which was through the construction of a strong mid-mile infrastructure to reach the broadband connectivity of the village panchayats.

The goal of National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN) is to link all 250,000 Gram Panchayats in the country and provide 100Mbps connectivity to all Gram Panchayats (GPs). To achieve this, existing fibers of Public Sector Undertakings (BSNL, RailTel and Power Grid) were used and where necessary, incremental fiber was laid for connecting village panchayats. The dark fiber network created in this manner was burnt by appropriate technology, thereby creating adequate bandwidth in the village panchayats.

Non-discriminatory access to NOFN was provided to all service providers such as Telecom Service Providers (TSPs), ISPs, cable TV operators and content providers to launch various services in rural areas. The NOFN project was funded by the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF).

Based on the NOFN experiences, the new, updated and upgraded version – BharatNet was conceived as a nation wide broadband network.


BharatNet is a project of national importance, highly scalable network infrastructure accessible on a non-discriminatory basis, providing affordable broadband connectivity of 2 Mbps to 20 Mbps for all houses and demand capacity for all institutions. To realize the vision of Digital India in partnership with the States and the Private Sector.

The entire project is being funded by the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF), which was set up to improve telecommunication services in rural and remote areas of the country. Its aim is to facilitate distribution of e-governance, e-health, e-education, e-banking, internet and other services in rural India.

BharatNet Mission

  • Providing high speed digital connectivity to rural India at affordable cost.
  • Providing B2B services in a non-discriminatory manner.
  • In order to facilitate the spread of broadband services in rural areas, so that development can be promoted in the context of the vision of digital India program, which is initiated by the Indian government to transform the digital government into a vibrant society and knowledge economy by the Indian government. has been done.

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