Kochi-Lakshadweep Submarine Optical Fiber Connection Inaugurated

  • By the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi.
  • In Kavaratti, Lakshadweep.
  • Inaugurated the Kochi- Lakshadweep Islands – Submarine Optical Fibre Connection (KLI-SOFC) project.
  • First time since independence, Lakshadweep will be connected through Submarine Optic Fiber Cable.
  • Enable faster and more reliable internet services, telemedicine, e-governance, educational initiatives, digital banking, digital currency usage, digital literacy etc.

Background:

  • Earlier, the only means of communication was through Satellite medium, with limited bandwidth capacity.
  • Designed by the Department of Telecommunications (DOT)
  • The connectivity from Mainland (Kochi) to eleven Lakshadweep Islands namely, Kavaratti, Agatti, Amini, Kadmat, Chetlet, Kalpeni, Minicoy, Androth, Kiltan, Bangaram and Bitra has been extended.
  • Funded by Universal Services Obligation Fund (USOF), Department of Telecommunication.
  • Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) was the Project Executing Agency.
  • Work awarded to M/s NEC Corporation India Pvt Ltd through the Global Open Tendering process.
  • Major activities related includes Marine Route Survey, Submarine Cable laying, Civil Construction of CLS stations, Installation, Testing and Commissioning of End Terminals (SLTE).

About KLI Project:

  • Total link distance: 1,868 kilometres.
  • Total cost of project: Rs 1072 crore plus taxes.

Benefits:

  • Achieve objective of ‘Digital India’ and ‘National Broadband Mission’.
  • Lakshadweep Islands.
  • E-Governance, Tourism, Education, Health, Commerce and Industries will get a boost.
  • Improve the standards of people on the Island.
  • Will accelerate overall social and economic development.
  • High-speed wireline broadband connectivity.
  • High-speed broadband through FTTH and 5G/4G Mobile network.
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