Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala now aims for free high-speed internet connections to the poor. The Rs 1,548-crore project has been named as Kerala Fiber Optic Network (KFON) and the project will be implemented through the Kerala State Electricity Board and Kerala IT Infrastructure Limited.
The project is aiming to provide high speed internet to over 20 lakh below the poverty line (BPL) households. The project is expected to be completed by December 2020. The Companies having internet service provider license can provide their services in the state using optical fiber.
Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board will be providing the financial assistance for the project. The tender for the project was won by a consortium of firms led by Bharat Electronics Limited.
The state government said that the decision would open possibilities for Kerala to make major improvements in artificial intelligence and startup domains. The local self help groups in villages can now conduct sales through e-commerce using the network.