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Two more years for Bharat Broadband?

A few weeks back, we wrote about how late the NOFN train was running. It appears the USOF has accepted the reality that it cannot accelerate from 60 to 25,000 in 12 months and is asking for a two-year delay. We all know why government programs have tight deadlines. It has to do with the electoral cycle. What Nilekani achieved, Pitroda could not.

BSNL, PowerGrid and Rail-Tel have been mandated to handle cable laying and trenching responsibilities of the national broadband venture in the 70:15:15 ratio. Bids relating to ducting are also under evaluation by the three state-run companies, the USOF adds.

The USOF has, however, attributed the time-overrun to the challenges of implementing a “mega project that is widely dispersed across the country”, as per an internal telecom department note seen by ET.

“It may be difficult ..

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