Idukki, Jan 12: Kerala's hilly district Idukki has been declared as the country's first district with high-speed rural broadband network.
An Indian Express report said that the pioneer project will be inaugurated by Minister for Communications and IT Ravi Shanker Prasad.
The high-speed internet connectivity has been launched in the high range district as part of the national optical fibre network (NOFN), the rural connectivity project. By the end of March, Kerala will be the first state to have high speed broadband connection in all districts.
Funded by the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF), Department of Telecom, Ministry of Communications & IT, Govt. of India, NOFN is set to bridge the gap in rural telecom access. The project would offer internet at a bandwidth of 100Mpbs.
NOFN is the largest rural connectivity project in the world.
Reportedly, Kerala's only tribal village panchayat, Idamalakkudi, will also come under the broadband facility.