Idukki district in Kerala, one of the most scenic places and a high range tea estate district, can now also boast of something modern – India’s first high speed rural broadband network.
The NOFN (National Optical Fiber Network) under the Digital India scheme, was launched with an aim to connect 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats with 100 Mbps internet connection for e-health, e-education, e-governance and e-commerce.

NOFN Concept Diagram [courtesy: BBNL]
NOFN Concept Diagram [courtesy: BBNL]
The newly launched service will enable access service providers to step up their services to a higher level providing better and faster connectivity.
The NOFN will connect 50,000 Gram Panchayats in its first phase and the remaining two lakh panchayats will be connected in a phased manner by 2016.[Source]
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