Network For Spectrum For Defense Forces Now A Rs 24,664 Cr Project

The government has increased the budget allocation for the Network for spectrum project, the project to offer an alternative communication network for the defence forces as against its release of spectrum, from Rs 13,334 to Rs 24,664 crore. The project offers a dedicated optical fiber network for the defence forces.

“Government has approved proposal for enhancement of cost estimate for Network For Spectrum (NFS) project for the Defence Services from Rs 13,334 crore to Rs 24,664 crore,” telecom minister Manoj Sinha said in a written reply in Lok Sabha.

The said project will be completed in 24 months from the date of approval, he added.

The initial budget allocation for the network for spectrum project was Rs 13,334 crore which was approved in July 2012.

The entire project is being carried out by state run telecom operator BSNL.

The country had a huge requirement of spectrum which was then seen as the biggest barrier in offering telecom services and expand that to rural areas. At the same time the defence forces had ample amount of unutilised spectrum. In 2009-10, the ministry of telecom and the ministry of defence signed an agreement wherein the defence ministry agreed to release a total of 45 MHz of spectrum – 20 MHz in 2G and 25 MHz in 3G. In return, the telecom ministry had offered to build a state-of-the-art fiber optic network for the defence forces.

The network for spectrum project will boost the communication capabilities of the defence forces in major way leading to enhanced national operational preparedness, the government had said then.

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