New Delhi: Every village in India will be connected, within 1,000 days, to a fibre optic cable network, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Independence Day, while addressing the nation from Delhi's iconic Red Fort.
Modi said that prior to 2014, only 60 panchayats were connected to such networks, but that in five years since - after the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) swept to power - 1.5 lakh panchayats had gone online.
"Before 2014 only five dozen panchayats were connected with fibre optic network. In the last five years, 1.5 lakh gram panchayats have been connected. In the coming 1,000 days, every village will be connected," he declared.
Fibre optic networks are considered to be the future of high-speed broadband services, allowing data transference at speeds touching 10 GB per second.