We predicted this would happen if BSNL continued to be in the driver’s seat.
In what could be another blow to the broadband dreams of millions, the deadline for rolling out national optical fiber network (NOFN) across all 2.5 lakh village panchayats has been extended by two years by 2018, according to sources close to the government.
“The project will be now completed by 2018, instead of 2016,” the sources said.
The national Optical Fibre Network (NOFN), which will play a crucial role in government’s Digital India program, was initiated in 2011 with an aim to provide broadband connectivity to over two lakh (200,000) gram panchayats of India at a cost of Rs 20,000 crore ($4 billion). But inordinate delays has already taken a toll on the project, leading to cost overrun of 75%.