First phase of K-FON project inaugurated

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday inaugurated the first phase of the K-FON project to provide high speed Internet connection.

As many as 1,000 government institutions in seven districts will be provided connectivity in the first phase.

Government institutions and offices in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta, Ernakulam, Thrissur, and Palakkad will be benefited.

Optical fibre cables have been laid along 7,200 km across the State.

K-FON is neither a telecom service provider nor an Internet service provider but will set up as a “vendor neutral” optical fibre network that will serve as the infrastructural backbone that can take high-speed Internet services to the public, State IT Secretary K. Mohammed Y. Safirulla said.

Once K-FON has established, the 35,000-km-long optical fibre network for the State, cable operators, Internet service providers and telecom operators can lease a portion of the core network from K-FON and provide high-speed Internet to consumers.

The network will extend to 30,000 government establishments by July 2021.

While the fundamental optical fibre network is likely to be complete by year end, the public might be able to access high-speed Internet through it only by the middle of next year. Asianet Online