KFON internet connectivity
The Pinarayi Vijayan-led Kerala government on 5 June officially launched the Kerala Fibre Optical Network (KFON). Now the Kerala government, which was the first state to declare the right to the internet as a basic right, is mulling to decrease the digital divide with KFON and want to ensure high-speed broadband internet access to all houses and government offices.
What is KFON?
KFON is an optical fibre cable network of 30,000 km, with 375 Points-of-Presence across the state. Along with the cable operators, the KFON infrastructure will be shared with all service providers. However, individual beneficiaries will have to depend on private, local internet service providers, while others will do the cable work for government offices. The government has said that KFON will be provided by local ISP/TSP/cable TV providers.
Till 5 June, KFON has provided connectivity to 17,412 government offices and 2,105 houses. Also, to give connection to 9,000 houses, a cable network has been laid down. The government is mulling providing connectivity to 30,000 government offices and 14,000 BPL families in the state in the first stage of KFON.
The KFON claims an internet speed from 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps and is planning to speed up the transition to 4G and 5G, once KFON is connected to mobile towers.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- Kerala Chief minister: Pinarayi Vijayan;
- Kerala Capital: Thiruvananthapuram;
- Kerala Governor: Arif Mohammed Khan.