Telecom and Postal Sector – Spectrum Allocation, Call Drops, Predatory Pricing, etc

[pib] Kochi-Lakshadweep Islands Submarine Optical Fiber Connection (KLI-SOFC) Project


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: KLI-SOFC Project

Mains level: NA



  • The Prime Minister has inaugurated Kochi-Lakshadweep islands submarine optical fiber connection (KLI-SOFC) project.

About KLI-SOFC Project

  • The KLI-SOFC project extends submarine cable connectivity from Kochi to eleven Lakshadweep Islands, including Kavaratti, Agatti, and Minicoy.
  • The project aims to provide high-speed wireline broadband connectivity through FTTH and 5G/4G Mobile networks to the Lakshadweep Islands population.
  • Funded by the Universal Services Obligation Fund (USOF), Department of Telecommunication.
  • The total link distance of the project is 1,868 kms.
  • Implementing agencies include BSNL as the Project Executing Agency and M/s NEC Corporation India Pvt Ltd for contract work.

Benefits of the Project

  • Contributes to ‘Digital India’ and ‘National Broadband Mission’, enabling e-governance projects in Lakshadweep.
  • Boosts E-Governance, Tourism, Education, Health, Commerce, and Industries, potentially improving living standards and accelerating social and economic development.
  • The bandwidth created will be available to all Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) to enhance telecom services in the Lakshadweep Islands.

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