BharatNet, former National Optical Fibre Network proposes to start its II Phase by July 2016. 1.20 lakh km optical fibre pipe have been laid till June 2016 as part of its I Phase. BharatNet is managed and executed by Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) through three central PSUs viz. BSNL, Power Grid and Railtel, the former having the major share.
As per the II Phase, it is proposed to provide high speed broadband connectivity to 150 lakh Gram Panchayats.