Comprehensive Telecom Development Project (CTDP) for islands aims to provide connectivity to Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep via Submarine Optical Fiber Cable and Bandwidth Augmentation to the Island groups.
Telecom Commission, in its meeting held on 07.11.2014, approved in principle an integrated and Comprehensive Telecom Development Plan for Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep in accordance with TRAI recommendations dated 22.07.2014 for improving Telecom Services in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep. The plan consists of the following schemes:
Submarine OFC Connectivity to Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The project of connecting Chennai with Port Blair and other islands of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, viz., Swaraj Deep (Havelock), Long Island, Rangat, Little Andaman (Hutbay), Kamorta, Car Nicobar & Great Nicobar (Campbell Bay) through 2313 kms long Submarine Optical Fiber Cable (OFC) was approved on 21.09.2016. The project was commissioned during August 2020 and September 2020.
As per approval of Telecom Commission dated 01.05.2018, the capital expenditure of the project is Rs 947.283 crore (including discovered cost of Rs 677.81 crore plus estimated Rs 60 crore for civil and electrical plus taxes and PMC Rs 77.673 crore) and the operational cost of the project is Rs 46.84 crore per year for 5 years (Rs 276.238 crore plus taxes by Ministry of Home Affairs or Union Territory). The total cost of the project is Rs 1224 crore.
Augmentation of Bandwidth in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The work of augmentation of satellite bandwidth from 2Gbps to 4Gbps in Andaman and Nicobar Islands was awarded to BSNL on a nomination basis. The CAPEX of Rs 36.39 crore (plus applicable taxes) is being funded by Universal Service Obligation (USO) Fund, while OPEX (Satellite Transponder charges) is being funded by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)/Union Territory (UT) administration of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Read More
4G based Mobile services in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
An agreement was signed between Universal Service Obligation (USO) Fund and M/s Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL) on 15.03.2021 for setting up of 82 towers to provide 4G mobile services in identified 85 uncovered villages with a population of more than equal to 10 people and 42 towers for providing 4G mobile services to bridge the gaps in mobile connectivity along uncovered national highways at a cost of Rs 129.58 crore.
Augmentation of Bandwidth in Lakshadweep Island
Work of augmentation of satellite bandwidth from 318 Mbps to 1.71 Gbps in Lakshadweep Islands was awarded to BSNL on a nomination basis. The CAPEX of Rs 28.26 crore plus applicable taxes is being funded by USO Fund while OPEX (Satellite Transponder charges) is being funded by the MHA/UT Administration of Lakshadweep Islands. Read More
Submarine OFC Connectivity to KLI
The project of providing connectivity between Kochi and Lakshadweep Islands through Submarine Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) was approved on 09.12.2020. The project comprises islands of Kavarati and ten other islands from Lakshadweep, viz., Kalpeni, Agatti, Amini, Androth, Minicoy, Bangaram, Bitra, Chetlat, Kiltan and Kadmat. The project is targeted to be implemented by May 2023 i.e. within 1000 days from the date of announcement by Hon’ble Prime Minister on 15.08.2020.
Total financial implication is about Rs 1072 crore (excluding taxes), which includes capital expenditure of Rs 837 crore to be funded by Universal Service Obligation (USO) Fund and operational expenditure of Rs. 235 Crore for 5 years is to be funded by Ministry of Home Affairs/Union Territory (UT) administration of Lakshadweep Islands. As per Cabinet approval, letter issued on 18.12.2020, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) was nominated as the Project Execution Agency and Telecommunications Consultants India Limited (TCIL) was appointed as the technical consultant of the project.