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In India, the Andra Pradesh state government has started the installation of a fibre-optic cable to provide residents with smart city services.The fibre-grid project is being implemented in partnership with the Andra Pradesh State Fibernet Limited. Some 1,627km and 1,879km of the optic cable have so far been laid in Krishna and Guntur districts, respectively.

The fibre grid will provide smart grid, internet, TV and telephone services to approximately 100,000 households in 55 villages.

The state government will use the infrastructure to provide state-wide surveillance using 20,000 cameras and 16 district command control and data centres.

The fibre-optic cable will enable the government to introduce e-learning in some 4,678 government high schools and telemedicine services for over 6,000 public health centres.

Chandrasekhar Reddy, media adviser to the Energy, Infrastructure and Investment Department, said: “While the internet services would be available at a very high speed of 15 Mbps to 100 Mbps, the television services would provide infotainment with 250 plus channels and the telephone services would be completely rental-free.

“It is going to herald a unique technology revolution in the state.”

The project will be expanded to connect 1 million homes, 50,000 educational institutions, all government offices and 5,000 health centres by April 2019.

Smart infrastructure

Efforts to achieve goals set under smart city initiatives are pushing the government to increase investments in smart and modern infrastructure, as well as in improving skills in emerging industries and technologies amongst locals.

In October, the New Delhi Municipal Council  partnered with the National Skill Development Corporation in launching a training centre for the smart cities industry.

The training centre, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra, is a 30,000 square feet facility, which will be managed by Orion Edutech to provide smart city skills to some 4,000 youths per annum. Read more...

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