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The government approved higher budget allocation for laying of alternate communication network for defence services in turn for the release of spectrum held by the armed forces.
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About the Project
The defence ministry and telecom department had signed an agreement in 2009-10 under which the former had agreed to vacate 25 MHz of 3G spectrum and 20 MHz of 2G spectrum in phases. In return, the DoT had committed to set up an exclusive defence network for its communication services.
The project is being implemented by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), and will be completed in a period of 24 months.
The NFS project will he project will have forward linkages to other related industries such as telecom equipment manufacturing and other telecom related services and will boost the communication capabilities of the defence forces in major way leading to enhanced national operational preparedness.
Source-The Economic Times.