New Delhi: To improve telecom connectivity in hilly areas, Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (Power Grid), the Maharatna PSU under the Ministry of Power, has recently signed an agreement with Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Limited (HPSEBL) in Shimla (HP) for utilization of 500 Kms of OPGW Telecom network. This is in addition to the existing 350 Kms of OPGW laid on HPSEBL Extra High Voltage (EHV) lines already being used in the state to boost its connectivity. This total 850 Kms long telecom network will enable Power Grid Telecom to reach remote areas of Kangra, Una, Mandi, Kullu, Bilaspur, Sirmour, Palampur, Sundernagar, Banikhet, Amb, Paonta Sahib, Nahan etc.
Due to rough weather conditions, landslides and difficult terrains, the state had been facing limited telecom network reach, and this will give much-needed connectivity to remote areas of the state. Through this OPGW network, telecom service providers will be able to provide uninterrupted mobile or internet services to the people of the state.
Power Grid has created over 67,500 km of OFC network connecting over 1,000 plus locations across the country carrying traffic in multiple of 10G/100G in rings. The Power Grid OFC network covers all the important towns and cities of the country along with the hilly and difficult terrains of J&K and the North Eastern Region. The company has also provided the domestic leg of international connectivity to Bhutan and Nepal, and proposed connectivity to Bangladesh up to the Indian border to International Long Distance (ILD) Licensees.
Power Grid, a ‘Maharatna’ CPSE under the Ministry of Power and Central Transmission Utility (CTU) of India, is India’s principal power transmission company and also one of the largest power transmission utilities in the world. Power Grid’s vast transmission network comprises of about 168,140 circuit kilometers of transmission lines, 252 EHVAC & HVDC substations with the transformation capacity of about 420,630 MVA, spread across the country. This network has been consistently maintained at an average availability of about 99 percent.
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