ACT Fibernet to provide high-speed broadband to start-ups in Karnataka

MUMBAI: Internet service provider (ISP) ACT Fibernet has entered into an agreement with the Government of Karnataka to provide startups registered with the start-up cell with high-speed broadband connectivity.

The ISP will extend its best fiber optic technology to all the registered startups of the government’s startup cell. ACT Fibernet will also provide complimentary broadband connectivity to government incubation center and GIGA speed (1000 Mbps) connections at a 60% discounted rate to all the registered startups.

Speaking on the partnership, Karnataka minister for IT, BT, Science, and Technology KJ George said, “Bengaluru is the startup capital of India, and we have been strongly nurturing the startup ecosystem with policies and initiatives to help entrepreneurs and established industries flourish. I am extremely pleased that ACT Fibernet has come forward to extend their support and connect our startups with high-speed broadband connectivity. This move will certainly help us build a more conducive environment for our startups to grow.”

ACT Fibernet CEO Bala Malladi added, “As a Bengaluru based company it is a moment of pride for us to collaborate with the Government of Karnataka. This is a one of a kind opportunity and we will work in conjunction with the government towards building and strengthening the start-up ecosystem in the city. It is our commitment to provide the best internet services to the startups and incubators and help them stay connected seamlessly.”

Government of Karnataka Principal Secretary, IT, BT and S&T, Gaurav Gupta also stated, “When we speak about startups, Bengaluru holds the top position in the country, and to retain this momentum we make continuous effort to introduce policies and programs suiting their requirements. Our partnership with ACT Fibernet is yet another step to empower the startups and help them grow in our state.”

Earlier, the ISP had deployed broadband in 300 schools of Chennai and Coimbatore in association with the Government of Tamil Nadu. It is investing over Rs 3 crore to extend its high-speed broadband connectivity to government schools in Chennai and Coimbatore.