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ITI Limited receives a work order worth Rs 432.97 crores from TANFINET

ITI Limited has received a work order from Tamil Nadu Fibrenet Corporation Limited (TANFINET) regarding BharatNet Phase-II in Tamil Nadu
ITI Limited receives a work order worth Rs 432.97 crores from TANFINET
ITI Limited receives a work order worth Rs 432.97 crores from TANFINET

New Delhi/Chennai: Multi-technology public sector major ITI Limited has received a work order from TANFINET (Tamil Nadu Fibrenet Corporation Limited) regarding BharatNet Phase-II in Tamil Nadu for Package D. TANFINET is a state PSU under the government of Tamil Nandu. "The value of the contract is Rs 432.97 crores and has to be implemented within a time period of 360 days, followed by three years for operations & maintenance from the date of ‘Project Go-Live’ in accordance with the delivery schedules", ITI said in an official statement.

The scope of work includes planning, survey, supply, installation, commissioning, testing, end-to-end integration, operation & maintenance of Optical Fibre Network (OFN), and electronics for broadband connectivity under BharatNet Phase-II in Tamil Nadu for Package D. As part of this Package, ITI Limited will be covering 10 districts, 109 blocks, 3,103 Gram Panchayats and 845 Revenue villages across the length and breadth of Tamil Nadu state providing a minimum of 1 Gbps bandwidth service.

The Package also includes radio connectivity for Gram Panchayats that cannot be connected through fibre, implementation of horizontal connectivity to government premises, schools, and primary health centres (PHCs). Around 15,000 kms of fibre cable will be laid, which includes underground and aerial fibre to connect Gram Panchayats with blocks, district centres, and state headquarter.

ITI's experience in executing OFN network

ITI Limited has vast experience in executing OFN work around India and is already successfully executing OFN works worth around Rs 4500 Crores in the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat. ITI Limited is the project implementation agency (PIA) for MahaNet-I (BharatNet Phase II) in Maharashtra. In Gujarat, ITI Limited is executing two packages of BharatNet Phase II, for Gujarat Fiber Grid Network Ltd (GFGNL).

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Speaking on this ITI Limited’s Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) Rakesh Mohan Agarwal said, “We are proud to be a partner of Government of Tamil Nadu which aims to empower rural Tamil Nadu and create jobs, opportunities, and growth. High-speed internet will be a big boon for students in rural areas, and will contribute towards addressing issues like digital-divide among the rural population,” Agarwal added.

What is BharatNet project?

BharatNet project is aimed at providing high-speed broadband connectivity to the 250,000 Gram Panchayats in the country in an effort to provide broadband connectivity to all the villages in the country.

Emphasizing ITI’s contribution to the BharatNet project, Agarwal said, "ITI has implemented BharatNet Phase I in several states and TANFINET project gives us an opportunity to scale up our contribution further. "We are focused on assisting Govt. of India in its initiatives like Make-in-India, Digital-India, and Smart City missions,” Agarwal added.

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