Andhra Pradesh Magazine English June 2016 - Page 43

Two Years of Accomplishments Andhra Pradesh is a blueprint for a digital state for other states to follow. I greatly admire Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu for his strong vision to digitise Andhra Pradesh. - John T. Chambers, executive chairman of Cisco I t is the first of its kind in India, and is already making waves for its innovation. The Fibre Grid Project, taken up by the Andhra Pradesh Government with the objective of providing world's cheapest internet connection to its citizens has become a model for other states in the country to follow. The first phase of this ambitous project has already been launched in Visakhapatnam. Extending support to the novel initiative was the Networking giant Cisco executive chairman John T Chambers, who was also present on the occasion. The main objective of the project is to provide digital services to all the 1.3 crore households in the state by July end. Cisco will design and implement a broadband project in Andhra Pradesh, the first state to implement such a project in India as part of the centre’s Digital India initiative. The project will include putting in place 22,500-km-long broadband network that will cover two million households. Cisco signed an agreement to this effect with the Andhra Pradesh government. With the fiber optic rollout, Andhra Pradesh becomes the first Indian state to bring all its households online. Under the Digital India initiative launched in July last year, the union government is aiming to connect 250,000 gram panchayats with high speed Internet by 2017. “Andhra Pradesh is a blueprint for a digital state for other states to follow,” Chambers said. JUNE 2016 Households in the state will get broadband connection with speed of 2-20 Mbps while institutions will receive 1-10 Gbps connectivity by 2018. Households will receive Internet, cable and phone connection, all on the same line, for Rs.149. The project is being implemented using fiber to the home (FTTH) technology at 2,500 locations in the State. The Andhra Pradesh government is initially investing Rs 333 crore to implement the statewide optic fiber project