Sterlite Technologies, India’s leading optical fiber manufacturer, has got the contract of Gandhinagar smart city project. The company will be in charge of upgrading Gandhinagar to a wi-fi city with facilities including smart parking and lighting.
“The Rs 30-40cr project is planned to provide 30 minutes of free wi-fi for which 400-500 access points of wi-fi are to be created, with applications like smart parking and lighting,” Anand Agarwal, CEO, Sterlite Technologies, said.
The company, which is already working on a Rs 2,000cr Indian Army project to connect defence offices with high-speed optical fibers, is hopeful that the government will increase its expenditure on building network, in near future and the introduction of rural broadband like Bharat Net and defense networking are recent examples.
Sterlite is in plan to be one of the top participants in the government’s plan of creating sustainable network grid. “From telecom investment perspective, data is the biggest driver. Secondly, from an intent perspective, infrastructure like power and electricity is required for broadband and the next two requirements are rural broadband network and creation of smart city.The company has projects in all these four segments,” Agarwal revealed.