The sunrise state of Andhra Pradesh is on a path of sustained double digit growth rate with the aim of achieving high happiness index for the people of Andhra Pradesh.
The Andhra Pradesh follows a unique development model guided by the vision of Hon’ble Chief Minister. The development agenda of Andhra Pradesh is driven primarily by 7 Missions, 5 Grids and 5 Campaigns. Fiber Grid is one of the 5 Grids identified by the Government to harness the power of information resource for making available qualitative and cost-effective IT , Communication(data,voice&video) related services to the citizens of A.P.
A.P.Fiber Grid Phase-I envisages setting up a state-wide high speed Optical Fiber Network Infrastructure across the 13 Districts of the State leveraging the assets of the Electricity Department. A 24-Core ADSS Optical Fiber Cable will be laid for a length of around 23000 kms over the electrical poles with its back-end electronic systems being set up at the Points of Presence (PoPs) at 2449 identified sub-stations. A state-wide control and command center for this entire network is being set up at Visakhapatnam as a Network Operations Center (NOC). The scope of this system can be summarised as “Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service and Software as a Service”. The services from AP Fiber Grid will be delivered to the end-users in partnership with the Multi System Operators (MSOs) and Local Cable Operators (LCOs) etc. by suitably partnering with them.
Further, AP Fiber Grid can also be utilised by the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Telecom Companies (Telcos) etc. who can utilise the information highway / bandwidth under AP Fiber Grid to enhance their services and deepen their reach. The partners who provide the last mile connectivity through AP Fiber Grid by hooking to the PoPs/NOC can immensely benefit from this system as they can provide triple play – Cable TV, high-speed broadband and Telecom under a single umbrella , thus enhancing the scope for revenue generation. They will become the last mile operators, the key link between the AP Fiber Grid and the end-user.
AP State FiberNet Limited (APSFL) has been incorporated under the Companies Act ,2013 in the month of October,2015. It is a fully owned entity of the Government of AP under the control of Energy, Infrastructure & Investment (E,I&I) Department. This Corporation is responsible for undertaking the works of AP Fiber Grid , its operations&maintenance and business activities duly partnering with various stakeholders for the benefit of all.
The vision of AP Fiber Grid is as follows:
AP Fiber Grid Vision:
“ To establish a highly scalable network infrastructure, accessible on a non-discriminatory basis, to provide on demand, affordable and end-to-end broadband connectivity of 10 to 20 Mbps for ALL households and 1to 10 Gbps for ALL institutions & Multi-Dwelling Units by 2018, to enable realization of the Vision of Digital AP, in partnership with the Government of India and the private sector”.
AP Fiber Grid is the means through which the vision of Hon’ble Chief Minister to make available highly qualitative and affordable digital services(data,voice and video etc..) to households, Government Offices and private agencies on demand in the State of AP This endeavour can truly turn the State of AP as Digital AP in the direction of realising the dream of Digital India. APSFL aims to promote Digital inclusiveness by providing affordable, high-speed broadband connectivity to households, deepening the reach of Internet in the rural areas. It throws up immense possibilities for enhancing the quality of life of the people. The services from AP Fibergrid system can effectively be utilised in education, health, agriculture and allied sectors and also open up new vistas in e-governance and enables delivering citizen-centric services in an efficient and transparent way .