Submarine Optical Fibre Connection will ensure 100 times faster Internet for Lakshadweep: PM

The Connection under the project, funded by Universal Services Obligation Fund will ensure a paradigm shift in communication infrastructure in the Lakshadweep islands

PM gave Ayushman Card to the needy persons as part of various projects at Kavaratti, in Lakshadweep on January 03, 2024

FinTech BizNews Service

Mumbai, January 3, 2024: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today, in Kavaratti,

Lakshadweep, inaugurated Kochi-Lakshadweep islands submarine optical fiber

connection (KLI-SOFC) project among various developmental projects worth more

than Rs 1,150 crore covering a wide range of sectors including technology, energy,

water resources, healthcare and education.

The KLI-SOFC project will lead to an increase in internet speed unlocking new

possibilities & opportunities. For the first time since independence, Lakshadweep will

be connected through Submarine Optic Fibre Cable. The dedicated submarine OFC

will ensure a paradigm shift in communication infrastructure in the Lakshadweep

islands, enabling faster and more reliable internet services, telemedicine, e-

governance, educational initiatives, digital banking, digital currency usage, digital

literacy etc.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister recalled the guarantee given by him in

2020 about ensuring fast internet within 1,000 days. He said, “Kochi-Lakshadweep

Islands Submarine Optical Fiber Connection (KLI - SOFC) project has been

dedicated to people today and will ensure 100 times faster Internet for the people of

Lakshadweep”. He added, “This will improve facilities like government services,

medical treatment, education and digital banking. The potential of developing

Lakshadweep as a logistics hub will get strength from this”.

The Prime Minister assured the people of Lakshadweep that the government will

continue to take every possible step to ensure their ease of living, ease of travel and

ease of doing business. The Prime Minister highlighted that “Lakshadweep will play

a strong role in the creation of a Viksit Bharat”.

Administrator of UT of Lakshadweep, Shri Praful Patel was present on the occasion

among others.

Background-Kochi-Lakshadweep Submarine OFC (KLI) Project

? The need for digitally connecting the Lakshadweep Islands through a high

capacity submarine cable link with the main land has been felt for some time.

Earlier, the only means of communication with the Islands was through

Satellite medium, which had limited bandwidth capacity and was not able to

meet the growing bandwidth demand.

? The Department of Telecommunications (DOT) took immediate action and

conceptualized the Kochi-Lakshadweep Submarine OFC Project (KLI project).

The KLI project has been completed well within the timelines.

? In the Kochi-Lakshadweep Islands Submarine Cable (KLI) project submarine

cable connectivity from Mainland (Kochi) to eleven Lakshadweep Islands

namely, Kavaratti, Agatti, Amini, Kadmat, Chetlet, Kalpeni, Minicoy, Androth,

Kiltan, Bangaram and Bitra has been extended.

? The project is funded by Universal Services Obligation Fund (USOF),

Department of Telecommunication.

? Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) was the Project Executing Agency and

the work was awarded to M/s NEC Corporation India Pvt Ltd through Global

Open Tendering process. Major activities related to the project includes

Marine Route Survey, Submarine Cable laying, Civil Construction of CLS

stations, Installation, Testing and Commissioning of End Terminals (SLTE).

Highlights of the KLI Project:

? Total link distance: 1,868 kilometres.

? Total cost of project : Rs 1072 crore plus taxes.

Benefit of the KLI Project:

? The project will play a significant role in achieving the objective of ‘Digital

India’ and ‘National Broadband Mission’ and for rolling out of various e-

governance projects of Government of India in Lakshadweep Islands.

? E-Governance, Tourism, Education, Health, Commerce and Industries will

get a boost. It will also help in further improvement in standards of living of the

people in Island and will accelerate overall social and economic development

in these areas.

? Population of Lakshadweep Islands will be provided high speed wireline

broadband connectivity.

? High speed broadband will be provided through FTTH and 5G/4G

Mobile network.

? The bandwidth created under this project will be available to all Telecom

Service Providers (TSPs) to strengthen their telecom services in the

Lakshadweep Islands.

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