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Arasu gets ISP licence, ropes in cable ops for broadband service

MUMBAI: Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation (TACTV), which has received its internet service provider (ISP) licence from the Union government, plans to provide internet services, including IPTV, chief minister J Jayalalithaa said in the state assembly.

State-owned Arasu has signed a pact with Indian RailTel for providing high-speed broadband internet services. It has already roped in 552 cable operators to provide internet services, Jayalalithaa added.

The corporation will also implement the Centre’s broadband project ‘BharatNet’ linking more than 12,500 rural local bodies in the state at an investment of Rs 3,000 crore (Rs 30 billion). For implementing this project, the state government will also create Tamil Nadu FibreNet Corporation.

“Further, I am happy to announce that internet protocol television (IPTV) services will also be provided along with high-speed broadband and other internet services,” she said.

The CM also said that the Centre has accepted her demand that BharatNet should be implemented through the state government.