“Overall, it’s a very positive and progressive budget. We welcome the Government’s move to initiate additional corpus and schemes to empower rural development, especially post demonetisation. The goal to create a smarter digital infrastructure pan India continues with the allocation of Rs 10,000 crore for BharatNet. This is a major step towards delivering high-speed, last-mile connectivity at the grass root level through optical fibre in 1,50,000 gram panchayats by the end of 2017-18.
With the FM focusing on mobile broadband, rural broadband and Digital India for the benefit of people living in rural, remote and urban areas, we anticipate a strong push to build broadband highways in the country. This is another step towards the realisation of the ‘Broadband for All’ vision, and will bring true broadband experience to the masses. With this, we look forward to exponential growth in smarter digital infrastructure through large-scale fibre network deployments in the country.”