Idukki,Kerala became the first rural district in India to get connected to an optical fiber broadband network. All eight blocks of the district as well as 52 gram panchayats are now expected to have 100 Mbps broadband connectivity.
Idukki is just the first milestone in the Rs 20,000 crore National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) project, which aims to connect 250,000 gram panchayats by the end of 2016.
Unlike most fibre optic broadband connections, which are point-to-point, the NOFN uses a point-to-multipoint system allowing multiple users access to its 100 Mbps bandwidth from the gram panchayat.
Non-discriminatory access to the NOFN will be provided to all the Service Providers. These service providers like Telecom Service Providers(TSPs), ISPs, Cable TV operators and Content providers can launch various services in rural areas.