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Broadband Salient Features of the Agreement

The scheme envisages provision of broadband connectivity in rural and remote areas. Schools, Common Service Centre, Primary Health Centre, Panchayats etc and individuals will benefit from the scheme. The scheme envisages leveraging existing telecom infrastructure, both wireless and landline, to provide broadband connectivity to rural areas


General Conditions:

  • The effective date of the Agreement is 20th January 2009.
  • The Agreement shall remain valid for 8 years from the effective date.
  • Wire line broadband connections shall be provided from approximately 1,215 rural wire line exchanges in Punjab Circle.
  • From each exchange a maximum of 31 individual/Govt. institutional connections and on kiosk shall be subsidized by USOF.
  • For individual/Govt. institutional connections, in additions to subsidy for connectivity which shall be paid as FLS and EQA, subsidy for CPE and computing device shall also be payable.
  • All individual/govt. institutional connections shall be provided with CPEs. However. For Computer/Computing device the subscriber shall have an option to have the broadband connection without computer/computing device also.
  • The USP shall not recover any charges towards installation, registration, security deposit for the broadband connections upto 31 connections per exchange.
  • The USP shall offer the following USOF subsidised tariff plans to the subscribers:

Tariff Plan Minimum speed Free download Rate per MB for extra usage(Rs.) Monthly charges (Rs.)
1. 512 kbps 400 MB 0.4 99/-
2. 512 kbps 1 GB 0.4 150/-

    Along with these two schemes, the USP shall be free to officer any other scheme with the condition that tariffs charged are not higher than the urban tariffs/TRAI orders/TRAI regulations etc.
  • The Kiosk shall have at least one workstation with facility of internet browsing, taking printouts and scanning of documents. The subsidy for Kiosks may be reviewed by the Administrator after one year.
  • The Kiosk shall have at least one workstation with facility of internet browsing, taking printouts and scanning of documents. The subsidy for Kiosks may be reviewed by the Administrator after one year.
  • The USP shall maintain rural exchange-wise list of all the registered customers.

Roll Out Condition:

Individual/Institutional Broadband connections
By the end of 2th Year of the Agreement At least 3 Govt. Institutions and 2 individual users per exchange of at least 512 kbps speed.
By the end of 5th Year of the Agreement At least 6 Govt. Institutions and 25 individual users per exchange of at least 512 kbps speed.

Kiosks
By the end of 2nd Year of the Agreement At least 1 Kiosk per 10 exchanges ensuring the at least 1 kiosk is provided in each SDCA.
By the end of 5th year of the Agreement 1 Kiosk per exchange

Financial Conditions

  • Subsidy for CPE shall be Rs. 850/- and for computing device/computers it shall be Rs. 4500/- on net addition basis, limited up to 31 numbers per exchange. But the subsidy per connection shall be restricted to Rs. 850/- and Rs. 4500/- respectively.
  • The USP shall receive FLS on installation of individual/govt. institutional connection and shall also receive EQA subsidy up to a maximum period of two years from the date of installation or up to the validity of the Agreement whichever is earlier. FLS shall be payable for net additions for the respective exchange.
  • For kiosks, the USP shall receive only EQA subsidy for 3 years from the date of installation or till the validity of the Agreement, whichever is earlier.
  • USP shall be eligible for FLS at the end of the quarter in which the connections are installed and made functional or the end of the subsequent quarter.
  • Subsidy shall be disbursed quarterly in arrears generally within 60 days of the receipt of the valid claim for the connection/kiosk.
  • For individual/govt. institutional connections that remain faulty for more than 7 days in a quarter, the USP shall provide rebate against the charges for the connections as per TRAI regulation. In case no rebate is allowed by the USP subsidy shall be deducted for the full quarter disbursed for the connections that remain faulty for 45 days or more during the quarter.
  • For kiosk remaining faulty for more than 7 days and less than 45 days in a quarter, pro rata EQA subsidy shall be deducted for the total number of days kiosk remains faulty. No EQA subsidy shall be payable for faults of 45 days of more in a quarter.
  • The connections/kiosk that are closed permanently shall be eligible to receive EQA subsidy from the date of installation till the date on which they are closed.

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