PM Modi inaugurates Kochi-Lakshadweep Islands Submarine Fiber Optic Link – Times of India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Inauguration of Kochi-Lakshadweep Islands Submarine Fiber Optic Link Project (KLI-SOFC) among various development projects worth over Rs 1,150 crore covering a wide range of sectors including technology, energy, water resources, health and education.
The KLI-SOFC project will lead to growth Internet speed Opens up new opportunities and possibilities. For the first time since independence, Lakshadweep will be connected through submarine fiber optic cable. The special submarine OFC will provide a paradigm shift in communications infrastructure in the Lakshadweep Islands, enabling faster and more reliable internet services, telemedicine, Electronic governanceEducational initiatives, digital banking, use of digital currency, digital literacy etc.
In his speech, the Prime Minister recalled the guarantee given by him in 2020 to provide fast internet for 1000 days. He said, “The Kochi-Lakshadweep Islands Submarine Fiber Optic Link (KLI – SOFC) project has been dedicated to the people today and will provide 100 times faster internet to the people of Lakshadweep.” He added, “This will improve facilities such as government services, medical treatment, education and digital banking. The development potential of Lakshadweep as a logistics hub will get a boost from this.”
The Prime Minister assured the people of Lakshadweep that the government will continue to take all possible steps to ensure ease of their lives, ease of travel and ease of doing business. The Prime Minister emphasized that “Lakshadweep will play a strong role in building Viksit Bharat”.
The need to digitally connect the Lakshadweep Islands to the mainland through a high-power submarine cable connection has been felt for some time. Previously, the only means of communication with the islands was the satellite medium, which had limited bandwidth and could not meet the increasing bandwidth demand.
The Department of Telecommunications (DOT) took immediate action and implemented the Kochi-Lakshadweep submarine OFC project (KLI project). The KLI project was completed well on schedule.
The Kochi-Lakshadweep Islands Submarine Cable (KLI) project extended the submarine cable link from the mainland (Kochi) to eleven Lakshadweep Islands, namely Kavarat, Agat, Amin, Kadmati, Chetle, Kalpen, Minikoi, Androth, Kiltan, Bangaram and Bitra. .
The project is funded by the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF), Department of Telecommunications. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) was the implementing agency for the project and the work was awarded to M/s NEC Corporation India Pvt Ltd through a global open tender process. The main activities related to the project include sea route survey, laying of submarine cables, civil construction of CLS stations, installation, testing and operation of end terminals (SLTE).