N Chandrababu Naidu Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh today launched the first phase of Fiber Grid project to provide broadband connectivity at cheap price. Under the project, Andhra Pradesh government will offer low cost broadband internet to households and workplaces.
Andhra Pradesh government signed an MoU with Cisco company as part of the inauguration of India’s first state wide broadband project ‘AP Fiber-Net’ here.
N Chandrababu said “Digital transformation was the most transformative means to ignite sustainable growth and improve society. His government’s aim was to provide internet connection to all households in the state as part of Digital India campaign.”
Internet connections would be provided at cheap price in districts of Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram by April. It will cover the rest of the state by end of July this year.
The 15Mbps broadband connection plan will be provided at Rs. 149 per month to households and 100Mbps connection for offices at Rs. 999 per month. Electrical poles will be used to lay overhead fiber net cable instead of underground cable to save on the cost.
“Cisco will set up an Internet of Everything (IoE) Innovation Centre in Visakhapatnam to foster regional innovation and will enable partners and startups to build solutions around IoE and engage in rapid prototyping,” said Executive chairman of Cisco John T Chambers.