Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister ,N Chandrababu Naidu launched AP FiberNet in Visakhapatnam on Thursday. Under the project, the government of Andhra Pradesh will offer low cost broadband internet to households and workplaces.
A broadband connection with 15 Mbps speed will be provided at Rs 149 per month and 100 Mbps connections to offices at Rs 999 per month. These rates are substantially lower than what other internet service providers currently charge.
The AP Fiber Grid Project has been taken up under the National Optic Fiber Network of the Centre as a pilot. The project has been implemented at a cost of Rs 333 crore and it will be gradually rolled out to other districts of the state by July 2016.The state government plans to connect 1.3 crore households through AP FiberNet.Andhra Pradesh government has tied up with Cisco to roll out the project.
Andhra Pradesh government signed an MoU with Cisco company today as part of the inauguration of India's first statewide broadband project 'AP Fiber-Net' here. Naidu said that digital transformation was the most transformative means to ignite sustainable growth and improve society. His government's aim was to provide internet connection to all households in the state as part of Digital India campaign, he said.
Under the project, internet connections would be provided at cheap rate in districts of Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram by April. It will cover the rest of the state by end of July this year. Electrical poles will be used to lay overhead fiber net cable instead of underground cable to save on the cost.
Executive chairman of Cisco John T Chambers said Cisco will set up an Internet of Everything (IoE) Innovation Centre in Visakhapatnam to foster regional innovation and will enable partners and startups to build solutions around IoE and engage in rapid prototyping