Internet connectivity to all households in Telangana State
IT Secretary Jayesh Ranjan said Government of Telangana aims to provide internet connectivity to all households in Telangana state under its “Digital Telangana” initiative.
During FICCI- Organised seminar on “Integrated digital solutions for a smarter Telangana”, He said “We are making this ambitious target of providing Internet to every person in different ways through broadband connectivity, 4G, Wi-Fi and e-panchayats. We will ensure that ‘Internet for All’ does not mere just remain a slogan,” he added.
Digital Telangana rests on two important pillars – supply component (“Internet For All”) and demand component (“Let us usher in Digital Democracy”), jayesh Ranjan said.
“We are working on laying optic fibre to every household. There are more than 8.5 million households in Telangana state and the opportunity that has arisen for us to accept such a daunting challenge,” he added.
He further said that along with the government’s flagship Watergrid programme, wherein piped water is aimed to be supplied to each household, the project’s duct lines would also be used (same trenches) to put optical fibre cables to reach every household in the state.
“Another way we are ensuring that Internet reaches everyone is by encouraging private telecom players to roll out 4G services,” Ranjan said, adding that two telecom firms have already announced that they want to roll out 4G services in the entire state by the end of this year.
Similarly, in order to provide Internet facilities to everyone, the government wants to make Wi-Fi availability in Hyderabad, Warangal and other important towns.
Another programme Telangana government has taken up is ‘e-Panchayats’, in which even if one does not have facility to access Internet at home, one can always utilise this platform to avail financial and citizen services, among others.