Sterlite Tech bags MahaNet project, partners with Jio


Sterlite Technologies Ltd. has gained a Rs 1,512-crore deal to arrange a broadband community to attach over 4,000 villages in eight districts of Maharashtra. Separately, the Vedanta Group firm mentioned it’s engaged on a prototype for last-mile connectivity utilizing its newly unveiled fibre (FTTx) with Reliance Jio Infocomm, which is betting large on dwelling broadband.

Sterlite Tech will join 4,045 gram panchayats, or village blocks, within the Maha-Net programme underneath the BharatNet-II initiative in Maharashtra, it mentioned in a press release on Monday. The community will profit greater than 7.5 million folks.

The deal comes on the heels of a Rs 3,500 crore contract it gained in October to design, create, function and preserve a digital community for the Indian Navy.

Sterlite Tech mentioned it has tied up with billionaire Mukesh Ambani-owned Jio for endeavor a proof of idea (PoC) for its last-mile connectivity platform.

“We are currently doing PoC with Reliance Jio for FTTx Mantra,” Sterlite Tech group chief govt officer Anand Agarwal instructed ET, including that fibre is the important thing to attach Jio’s 1,100 cities and 50 million properties and the corporate’s resolution was appropriate for sooner execution.

Jio is engaged on its dwelling broadband service Jio Giga-Fiber, which the corporate plans to launch quickly after making a fibre-based community throughout massive cities to additionally join 30 million retailers and small and medium Companies.

Sterlite Tech already provides fibre to the Jio GigaFiber initiative and has deployed 100,000 route km of optic fibre for the Centre’s BharatNet-I programme.

Jio didn’t reply to an emailed question in search of remark.

Agarwal mentioned the corporate is specializing in the entry of Telecom networks, that are more and more turning into fibre-oriented with open-source {hardware} and software program available for community administration. The firm sees alternatives within the authorities’s push for the Telecom business to deploy one million Wi-Fi hotspots by the tip of 2019.

Less than 1 / 4 of 475,000 tower websites in India are related to optic fibre whereas one other 100,000 are wanted to cater to rising demand for information, in keeping with business estimates.

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