State cabinet has given a nod for Rs 1,548 crore high-speed internet project in Kerala.
The project aims to provide free high-speed internet to over 20 lakh below poverty line (BPL) households. The government has plans to complete the project by 2020.
The project has been named Kerala Fiber Optic Network (KFON).
Those eligible for a free connection will be provided the internet at a low cost. The optical fiber network in Kerala will enable the people of the state to be part of the internet of things.
Companies having internet service provider license can use the optical fiber network to provide their services in the state.
This network can also be used for cable TV network.
The project will be implemented through Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and Kerala IT Infrastructure Limited.
The tender was won by a consortium led by Bharath Electronics Limited.
The projects aims to improve the information technology (IT) infrastructure at educational institutions, ports and airports.
Presently, only 20 per cent of the total mobile towers in the state are connected and once the KFON is implemented all mobile towers will be part of the network.