KLI-SOFC (Syllabus: GS Paper 3 - Economy)

News-CRUX-10     4th January 2024        

Context: Recently, the Prime Minister of India inaugurated the Kochi-Lakshadweep Islands Submarine Optical Fiber Connection (KLI-SOFC) project in Kavaratti, Lakshadweep.

Kochi-Lakshadweep Islands Submarine Optical Fiber Connection (KLI-SOFC)

  • Aim: To enhance internet speed, opening up new possibilities and opportunities for the Lakshadweep Islands.
  • Communication Infrastructure: The dedicated submarine OFC ensures a paradigm shift in Lakshadweep's communication infrastructure, enabling faster and more reliable internet services.
  • Submarine Cable Connectivity: Under the KLI project, submarine cable connectivity has been extended from the mainland (Kochi) to eleven Lakshadweep Islands, including Kavaratti, Agatti, Amini, Kadmat, Chetlet, Kalpeni, Minicoy, Androth, Kiltan, Bangaram, and Bitra.
  • Benefit of the KLI Project

oThe project will play a significant role in achieving the objective of ‘Digital India’ and ‘National Broadband Mission’ and in rolling out of various e-governance projects of the Government of India in Lakshadweep Islands.

oE-Governance, Tourism, Education, Health, Commerce, and Industries will get a boost. 

oThe population of Lakshadweep Islands will be provided high-speed wireline broadband connectivity.

oHigh-speed broadband will be provided through FTTH and 5G/4G Mobile networks.

oThe bandwidth created under this project will be available to all Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) to strengthen their telecom services in the Lakshadweep Islands.

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