Kerala launched the Kerala Fibre Optical Network (KFON)
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The Kerala government June 5 officially launched the Kerala Fibre Optical Network (KFON), one of its flagship projects envisaged during the first term of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
An overview of the news
Through KFON, Kerala, which is the first state to declare the right to internet as a fundamental right, aims to bridge the digital divide by ensuring high-speed broadband internet access to all households and government offices.
It also aims to promote e-governance and accelerate Kerala's journey towards becoming a knowledge-based economy.
What is Kerala Fibre Optic Network (KFON)?
In the first phase of KFON, the government will provide connectivity to 30,000 government offices and 14,000 BPL households in the state.
Till June 5, connectivity has been provided to 17,412 government offices and 2,105 households and a cable network has been laid to provide connections to 9,000 households.
Kerala Vision Broadband, an initiative of cable TV operators, is providing internet service in many districts of Kerala.
Private service providers will also benefit from KFON's infrastructure as they can use its cable network.
Internet connectivity to the households will be provided by the local ISP/TSP/Cable TV providers.
Stakeholders of KFON
The Rs 1,611-crore KFON project is a joint venture between the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and the Kerala State IIT Infrastructure Limited.
The project was announced in 2017 but work started in 2019.
The project implementation was done by a consortium led by Central PSU Bharat Electronics Limited.
PricewaterhouseCoopers is the advisor to the project.
Kerala State Information Technology Infrastructure Ltd (KSITIL) would be responsible for the operations and maintenance of the project.
Bharat Electronics (BEL) is the system integrator for the KFON project.
The project is fully funded by Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB).
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