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Net users to log on to fast track

Patna, Jan. 14: The internet service in the city is all set to get a boost with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) gearing up to roll out its fibre to the home (FTTH) service in the state capital.

The new service would not only provide an unlimited bandwidth. Consumers availing of the service would get internet, phone and internet protocol television (IPTV) facility through one connection.

At present, the best possible offer for internet users is in the form of leased lines. A leased line connection provides a speed of 2MBPS. The FTTH service would free users from the speed constraint and ensure rapid transfer of data.

“We intend to launch the FTTH service in Patna latest by the end of March. At present, we are giving the final touches to the fibre laying work,” BSNL Bihar circle senior general manager H.S. Dwivedi told The Telegraph.

He said though the ultimate goal is to provide this service to consumers on demand, the telecom company is initially aiming to provide the facility to institutional and corporate users.

“The unlimited bandwidth is generally required by users who share large volume of data with different organisations,” said Dwivedi.

He said there would virtually be no interruptions because of cable fault for the FTTH users.

Circle wiring would be adopted for this connection, he said, adding that even if the cable was cut from one side, connectivity would be provided from another side.

Dwivedi said since FTTH is a premium service, its minimum charges would be between Rs 4,000 and Rs 5,000. The charges could go up according to the services availed by the consumers.

BSNL is planning to roll out similar services in other Bihar towns, including Muzaffarpur, Bhagalpur and Gaya.

The telecom company is also working on an ambitious plan to provide internet connection to all the 8,463 panchayats of the state. The telecom service provider would be using the Wi Max technology for this.

“By May-end we will set up 524 base trans-receivers (BTS) across the state for achieving the goal of internet connectivity in all panchayats of the state,” Dwivedi said.

At present, there are 124 BTS providing internet connectivity in over 1,500 panchayats.

As far as linking blocks with the Bihar statewide area network (BSWAN) is concerned, BSNL has linked 480 out of the 534 blocks of the state.

“We will use very small aperture terminals (VSATs) for providing connectivity to another 35 blocks very soon,” said Dwivedi.

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