"In a population of 1.25 billion, we have got 980 million mobile connections, around 978 to be precise. We add 5-7 million new connections every month. Our phone connectivity has crossed one billion," he said while launching four telecom network products made by state-run technology centre C-DOT.

The Minister added India has around 300 million Internet connections and he has set target to achieve 500 million connections in the next two years. As per latest data released by sector regulator TRAI, total phone connections were 999.71 million at the end of April 30. Wireless or mobile connections stood at 973.35 million during the reported month.

The government, under National Telecom Policy 2012, has set a target to 'provide affordable and reliable broadband-on- demand by the year 2015 and to achieve 175 million broadband connections by the year 2017 and 600 million by the year 2020 at minimum 2 MBPS (megabit per second) download speed".

The Minister at the event launched long distance Wi-Fi system, solar-powered Wi-Fi system, 100 Gbps OFC (optical fibre cable) link and C-DOT Next Generation Network in MTNL Network. He made video call on MTNL network to launch and showcase capability of C-DOT NGN product. The Centre claims that its 100 Gbps OFC can transmit data up to distance of 50 kilometer without a booster or an amplifier.

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