BharatNet is the world’s largest rural broadband initiative undertaken by the Indian Government established in 2017. BharatNet is a middle mile network from block to Gram Panchayats (GPs) which provides connectivity to Service Providers like TSPs, ISPs. MSOs, LCOs and Government agencies for extending their services from Block to GPs.
- Phase-I: – 207 GPs in 6 Blocks of Hamirpur (Nadaun, SujanpurTihra, Bijhari, Bamsan), Mandi (Seraj) and Solan (Nalagarh) are connected using high speed internet bandwidth under BharatNet Phase-I project. 170 GPs are further providing Wi-Fi connectivity to the people under Wi-Fi Choupal project.
- Phase-II: – Total 2785 GPs in 65 Blocks would be covered using overhead aerial using electrical infrastructure. Remaining 153 GPs in 7 Blocks would be connected using VSAT links. Out of which, 30 locations have been made live which includes 14 GPs in Lahul&Spiti, 13 GPs in Chamba, and 3 GPs in Kinnaur district.