Indian transmission solutions provider Sterlite Technologies has announced that it has been selected by state-owned telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) to roll out a commercial fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network. In a deal worth INR3.72 billion (USD77 million) Sterlite will deploy Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) technology, and it has agreed to execute the contract within the 2010 financial year. On completion it is expected that the new infrastructure will be capable of providing services including high speed internet, IPTV and VoIP to around 500,000 subscribers.
It was also revealed that BSNL plans to implement similar FTTH networks in 25 cities across India by 2012, bringing triple-play services to approximately two million subscribers. BSNL chairman and MD Kuldeep Goyal also said that the telco expects that up to 5% of all Indian households could have access to FTTH services by 2011, with IPTV acting as one of the key drivers for uptake.