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Kerala starts drive to get rural India online

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A tea plantation in Munnar in the Idukki district
A tea plantation in Munnar in the Idukki district Jonbrew/Flick'r/CC

A new ambitious multi-billion dollar high-speed broadband connection in India is planning to link the country’s villages. The National Optical Fiber Network is the largest rural connectivity project of its kind in the world and seeks to link 600 million rural citizens across 25,000 village-level bodies over three years. The project aims to offer government services to all Indians online and through smartphones and transform India from a predominantly agrarian society to a digitally empowered knowledge economy. In Idukki district in the southern state of Kerala is where the rural broadband network was commissioned.

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