K-FON Aims for Rs 100 Cr Annual Revenue, Eyes Self-Sustainability

Kerala Fibre Optic Network (K-FON) is poised to achieve financial self-sufficiency as it progresses towards its revenue target of Rs. 100 crore annually, according to recent updates. Initially budgeted at Rs. 1,482 crore, the project’s efficient execution has led to a significant reduction in costs, with the current operational budget standing at Rs. 791.29 crore. With a focus on internet leased lines, dark fiber leasing, household connections, and government partnerships, K-FON is diversifying its revenue streams to ensure long-term sustainability.

The project has made significant strides in infrastructure development, with 96 percent of cable laying completed and operational Network Operating Centres (NOCs) and Points of Presence (POPs) established. Leveraging its National Long Distance (NLD) license, K-FON aims to provide various services and generate substantial annual revenue. Moreover, the project is exploring opportunities to lease surplus core fibers, expanding its revenue potential by providing fiber leasing services to external entities.

K-FON’s commitment extends beyond commercial success to bridging the digital divide in Kerala. By providing free connections to economically backward households and prioritizing government office connections, the project aims to ensure equitable access to high-speed internet across the state. Despite challenges such as Right of Way disputes, K-FON remains steadfast in its mission, expecting significant revenue growth upon completion of its ambitious connectivity goals. Keywords: K-FON, Kerala, Fibre Optic Network, revenue, self-sustainability, infrastructure, internet, digital divide, connectivity, Kerala Vision, NLD license.

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