Network for Spectrum (NFS) project

Reasons for being in news

The Cabinet has recently approved increasing the budget for laying of alternative communication network for defence services at a cost of ₹11,330 crore. This takes the total budget for the project — Network for Spectrum (NFS) project to ₹24,664 crore. The alternative communications network is being set up in lieu of airwaves vacated by the Defence Ministry for civilian use.

About the project

The project, which is being implemented by state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).

The NFS project will boost the communication capabilities of the Defence Forces in a major way leading to enhanced national operational preparedness. The project will also have forward linkages to other related industries such as telecom equipment manufacturing and other telecommunication related services.