CHENNAI: Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday launched Arasu Fibre, an initiative to provide affordable Internet services to every household across the State through the Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation Ltd (TACTV).
The TACTV has rolled out attractive tariff plans for various categories of customers. “For the past 15 days, over 1,100 customers from across the State are enjoying broadband services free of cost through TACTV on an experimental basis. We have got very good feedback about the quality of service provided. In Chennai, the customers are from RK Nagar constituency. Vodafone is the service provider for TACTV,” official sources told Express. An official source also said the service can be extended to 15,000 customers soon. For enquiries, customers can call the toll-free number 18004252911.
“With the present arrangements, we can extend broadband connections to around 15,000 more customers immediately. Within three months, we will put up centralised networking Operation Centre in Chennai to increase the number of customers to 50,000. The incidental charges for installation of router, modem etc have to be borne by customers,” sources said.
On the speciality of the broadband service provided by TACTV, the sources said some of the existing private service providers use copper instead of fibre network for giving broadband service where the service would not be up to the mark. But the TACTV, which already has around 29,000 Local Cable Operators, would be able to extend the fibre network with GPont technology for delivering quality service.
The Chief Minister also declared open a Start-up Warehouse in Chennai established at a cost of Rs 3.53 crore and Cloud and Web Hosting Services for students and young entrepreneurs and Cloud Computing Facility at Tamil Nadu State Data Centre at a cost of Rs 10.41 crore.
She also laid the foundation for Disaster Recovery Centre at Navalpattu, Tiruchy (Rs 53.28 crore) and Tamil Nadu State Data Centre Phase II (Rs 40 crore), through the video conferencing at the Secretariat.