The Government of Goa (GoG) has embarked on an ambitious initiative to create a high-bandwidth broadband network covering the entire State of Goa.
Geographically, Goa is a small State with an area of 1,429 square miles (3,702 square km) divided into two districts North Goa, with its State headquarters (HQ) in Panjim and South Goa with its headquarters in Margao. Panjim also acts as the headquarters for the State of Goa. The two districts are comprised of 11 Taluks (6 in North Goa & 5 in South) and 13 Municipalities and a total of 403 villages. The State of Goa has 2119 schools, 24 colleges, 32 government hospitals and currently 123 private hospitals.
The GBBN covers all of Goa from the State HQ at Panjim up to the village level and the households. The Government of Goa & UTL, as per PPP model, have established 10 Gbps connectivity from Panjim to all Districts and Taluks, 1 Gbps connectivity from headquarters of all Taluks to all village gram panchayats, Government offices, educational and research institutions.
Further, under brand name GWAVE, UTL provides up-to 100 Mbps broadband connectivity to the households, and corporate/ business plans ranging from 1 Mbps to 1Gbps.
The Department of Information Technology, Government of Goa & UTL, has established the network through a combination of Optic Fiber Cable (OFC) across the length and breadth of the State up to the village level and also have wireless technology deployed where OFC connectivity cannot be given due to topological constraints.