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Government of India
Ministry of Communications
11-March-2011 18:35 IST
National Optical Fibre Agency


                 Department of Telecommunications has received the recommendations made by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) dated December 8, 2010 on ‘National Broadband Plan’ which inter-alia included setting up of National Optical Fibre Agency (NOFA). Government is actively working on formulation of a ‘National Broadband Plan’. However, no final decision has been taken in the matter so far.

            As on January 31, 2011 number of Broadband subscribers in the country are 11.21 million. As per National Broadband Policy 2004 target fixed for broadband subscribers are:

Year Ending

Broadband Subscribers


3 million


9 million


20 million


            Under the ‘Rural Wireline Broadband’ scheme of USOF, a total of 2,61,413 broadband connections and 2506 kiosks have been provided till 31.1.2011 in the rural and remote areas of the country against a target of 8,88,832 connections and 28,762 kiosks to be provided by 2014.

TRAI has recommended in its “National Broadband Plan” that a National Broadband Network will be established, which will be an open access optical fibre network connecting all habitations with population of 500 and above. Government is working on a formulation of a National Broadband Plan. However, no final decision has been taken in this matter so far.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology, Shri Sachin Pilot in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today. 

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