Scatmag.com

August 2017

ARASU TO ROLL OUT STATE WIDE BROADBAND



Under the "Internet To Every Household" scheme launched by late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in 2011, the Tamil Nadu government had floated a Special Purpose Vehicle 'Tamil Nadu FiberNet Corporation' to implement it.

Vodafone was selected as the bandwidth provider, by the Arasu Cable TV Corporation under an open tender process.

"In order to expand the internet service, Arasu Cable TV floated the Expression of Interest to become business partners on revenue sharing basis and about 392 applications were received. Orders were issued to 170 applicants for starting the internet service and about 24,750 households are expected to be provided with the internet service under this initiative", according to the state IT department policy note.

The service has been initially rolled out to 2,577 subscribers.







IPTV TOO

Since the centre has been reluctant to issue a DAS license, Arasu had also initiated plans to deliver TV channels via IPTV. Though Arasu has received a provisional DAS license, it has reportedly, not cancelled its IPTV plans.


CATV STBS

Arasu had 7.052 million Cable TV connections, as on May 1, this year & had floated a global tender for 1 million HD & 6 million SD digital STBs. It seems to be up against an impossible deadline to import, seed and operationalise these STB by 17 July 2017, to sustain its provisional DAS license.



FREE LAPTOPS

Linked to its overall plan to enable IT usage state-wide, in 2015-16 the state government distributed 5.19 Lakh free laptops.

This fiscal it plans to distribute 5.16 lakh free laptops. n