The Minister for Communications, Law & Justice and Electronics and Information Technology, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad has launched the National Broadband Mission (NBM).

The vision of the NBM is to fast track growth of digital communications infrastructure, bridge the digital divide, facilitate digital empowerment and inclusion and provide affordable and universal access of broadband for all. Some of the objectives of the Mission which is structured with strong emphasis on the three principles of universality, affordability and quality are:

  • Broadband access to all villages by 2022
  • Facilitate universal and equitable access to broadband services for across the country and especially in rural and remote areas
  • Laying of incremental 30 lakhs route km of Optical Fiber Cable and increase in tower density from 0.42 to 1.0 tower per thousand of population by 2024
  • Significantly improve quality of services for mobile and internet
Mobile Subscribers (in millions)

30% Growth

Internet Subscribers (in millions)

165% Growth



Broadband Subscribers (in millions)

530% Growth

Tele-density (%)

20% Growth

75.23 %90.52 %
Rural Tele-density (%)

31% Growth

44.01 %57.59 %
Data Consumption (in GB per subscriber per month)

1120% Growth

Less than 0.80 GB9.77 GB


  • Develop innovative implementation models for Right of Way (RoW) and to work with States/UTs for having consistent policies pertaining to expansion of digital infrastructure including for RoW approvals required for laying of OFC

  • Develop a Broadband Readiness Index (BRI) to measure the availability of digital communications infrastructure and conducive policy ecosystem within a State/UT.

  • Creation of a digital fiber map of the Digital Communications network and infrastructure, including Optical Fiber Cables and Towers, across the country

  • Investment from stakeholders of USD 100 billion (Rs 7 Lakh Crore) including Rs 70,000 crore from Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF)

  • Address policy and regulatory changes required to accelerate the expansion and creation of digital infrastructure and services

  • Work with all stakeholders including the concerned Ministries / Departments/ Agencies, and Ministry of Finance, for enabling investments for the Mission

Source: PIB

Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance