Andhra Pradesh has become the first State to obtain a telecom licence and it can issue phone numbers starting with the ‘797’ series from August this year!

Earlier, with the launch of the Fibre Grid Project, the state indirectly got the opportunity to start an internet based telephone service, after obtaining permission from the Telecom Ministry for starting its own IPTV — Internet Protocol based Television network.

Tenders have already been called for making available 10,000 ‘triple pay IP boxes’ which can be installed at households and through which the broadband internet connectivity will be provided. Cable TV operators are being roped in for the last mile connectivity and the speed of network from 10 mbps to 1 GB or more depending on payment capacity.

“For a basic cost of Rs.149 per month, we intend to provide interactive connections with digitised channels, internet, wi-fi and net telephony,” said S. Harikrishna, Executive Director of A.P. State FibreNet Ltd.

Close to 2,500 sub-stations will have Points of Presence from where cable operators can take the optic fibre to households.

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