Communication ministry gets Rs 1,23,393.05 cr in Budget 2023
Out of the total budget allocated to the Ministry, the Department of Telecommunications got Rs 97,579.05 crore up from Rs 84,586.80 crore in the previous year.
In her speech for the ‘First Amrit Kaal’ Budget, Finance Minister
She also proposed the setting up of 100 labs to develop applications for the use of 5G services to be set up in engineering institutions saying, “one hundred labs for developing applications using 5G services will be set up in engineering institutions to realize a new range of opportunities, business models, and employment potential. Thelabs will cover, among others, applications such as smart classrooms, precision farming, intelligent transport systems, and health care applications.”
However, the budget allotted for the 5G Connectivity Test Bed by the
The budget for the ruling government’s landmark project, aimed at providing non-discriminatory access to broadband connectivity to all the telecom service providers in all the 2.5 lakh gram panchayats (GPs) of India has been reduced by Rs 2,000 crore and allotted a sum of Rs 5,000 crore for FY2023-24.
Graphic by: Saumya Saxena
As per the Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) report dated 26th September 2022, so far, 1,80,052 Gram Panchayats have been connected through the ‘Bharat Net’ project and 5,96,151 Kms of OFC has been laid. Additionally, 214,584 Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH) connections are commissioned and 104,611 Wi-Fi hotspots have been installed to ensure last-mile connectivity.
The project was approved by