Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad launches National Broadband Mission (NBM)

Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad launches National Broadband Mission (NBM)
Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad launches National Broadband Mission (NBM)

Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad launches National Broadband Mission (NBM)

The Minister for Communications, Law & Justice and Electronics and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad has launched the National Broadband Mission (NBM) to fulfill all aspirations of the people and enables fast track growth of digital communication infrastructure.


The vision of the NBM is to fast track growth of digital communications infrastructure, bridge the digital divide, facilitate digital empowerment and inclusion and provide affordable and universal access of broadband for all. Some of the objectives of the Mission which is structured with strong emphasis on the three principles of universality, affordability and quality are:

  • Broadband access to all villages by 2022
  • Facilitate universal and equitable access to broadband services for across the country and especially in rural and remote areas
  • Laying of incremental 30 lakhs route km of Optical Fiber Cable and increase in tower density from 0.42 to 1.0 tower per thousand of population by 2024
  • Significantly improve quality of services for mobile and internet
  • Develop innovative implementation models for Right of Way (RoW) and to work with States/UTs for having consistent policies pertaining to expansion of digital infrastructure including for RoW approvals required for laying of OFC
  • Develop a Broadband Readiness Index (BRI) to measure the availability of digital communications infrastructure and conducive policy ecosystem within a State/UT.

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