GTPL Hathway, Polycab Wires consortium bags BharatNet project worth Rs 1245.77 cr

MUMBAI: Cable TV and broadband company GTPL Hathway Limited (GTPL) has been appointed as Project Implementation Agency (PIA) of Package B for the implementation of BharatNet Phase ‐ II Project in Gujarat by Gujarat Fibre Grid Network Limited (GFGNL).

The project worth Rs 1245.77 crore is on EPC basis and includes survey, design, plan, execution with active/passive (OSP+Electronics) components with commissioning of complete network. GTPL Hathway has formed a consortium with Polycab Wires to jointly implement this project.

Under the project, GTPL will connect 3,767 GPs (Gram Panchayat, Package B, Saurashtra region) by implementing end‐to‐end Optic Fibre Cable and digital infrastructure at Centralised network operations centre of Gandhinagar in Gujarat. The contract value includes Capex and 3 Years Operation & Maintenance (O&M). The contract also includes further option of an extension of additional four Years of O&M mandate at additional value.

Commenting on winning the project, GTPL Hathway MD Anirudhsinh Jadeja said, “GTPL is proud to have won this prestigious mandate. GTPL has been playing an active role in digital initiatives such as Smart Cities and now we have won this project under Digital India Initiatives. With a team strength of more than 3500 including an on‐ground team of 1500, GTPL is uniquely positioned to create the necessary infrastructure with in-house capabilities and experience. Together with our consortium partner Polycab Wires, we are very confident to complete the project in a stipulated time frame of 1 year.”

Elaborating on the key aspects of the project, GTPL Hathway Enterprise Head Hetal Shah said, “GTPL will create an infrastructure network that will provide broadband connectivity to 3,767 gram panchayats across Saurashtra region, with each Gram Panchayat connected with 1 Gbps with additional 12 core fibre for future capacity build up and possibility of further monetisation. We will lay down fibre network across 17,000 kms. We will use the modern and scalable GPON technology for sustainable stability. It is GTPL’s highly qualified team with in-house capabilities in survey, identifying soil conditions, network designing and fibre laying along with rich experience of laying broadband infrastructure across 200 cities helped us win the mandate.”

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