KFON Free – According to the chief minister, KFON – Kerala’s high-speed internet project will be completed by the end of 2021.
On October 04, 2021, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the Kerala government’s ambitious public-centric initiative, KFON, to provide high-speed internet for free to the poor and at affordable rates to others is likely to be finished by the end of the year.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan
In a Facebook and Twitter post, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan stated that the project’s first phase was completed in February 2021.
A survey of 30,000 workplaces, 35,000 kilometres of optical fibre cable, and 8 lakh Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) poles was done as part of the first phase– Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan
The project’s first phase began in the districts of Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kollam, and Thiruvananthapuram.
KFON Free High-Speed Internet Project
The KFON project, which stands for Kerala Fibre Optic Network, is in the process of establishing a Network Operations Center and deploying cable through KSEB poles, with 7,389 government institutions already connected.
According to the CM’s Facebook and Twitter posts, KFON would provide a free internet connection to over 20 lakh less privileged families and reasonable internet access to others.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the project, launched in May 2020, will provide high-speed internet connectivity to over 30,000 government and educational organisations.
KFON Free High-Speed Internet Project – Objectives
KFON is a bold government initiative aimed at closing the digital gap.
This project will serve as a supplement to the state’s existing telecom infrastructure.
KFON is founded on the principles of non-discriminatory treatment, as recommended by TRAI, which means that no service provider or business segment receives preferential treatment.
KFON functions as an information superhighway by establishing a solid core and middle-mile infrastructure.
Any provider, regardless of the business segment – TSP/ISP/MSO/LCO – can use this network to fill connectivity gaps in their core network without having to worry about strict RoW or high CAPEX.
These operators’ community networks can then link to KFON, providing access and services to underserved areas that would otherwise be financially unattractive to mainstream providers.
This concept can eventually drive market forces to operate and promote competition to provide better connectivity services to citizens.
The government may even look into using such networks to give e-Government services to residents.
As a result, the KFON network will serve as a solid platform for all G2G, G2C, and B2C communications.
The following are KFON’s key aims.
- To bridge the connectivity gap, create a core network infrastructure (information highway) with non-discriminatory access for all service providers.
- Provide all government offices, educational institutions, and hospitals with a dependable, secure, and expandable intranet.
- Collaborate with MSOs, TSPs, and ISPs to provide free internet to low-income homes.
- To meet these goals and ease the project’s implementation, it has been divided into two tracks:
Track 1: Establishing a statewide core optical fibre network to connect 30,000+ government organisations.
Track 2: Using KFON Infrastructure, provide free internet to economically disadvantaged families and subsidised internet to others.