With its continued focus on digital infrastructure and various ongoing digital initiatives, the Government's vision is to bridge the digital divide by 2020, create a digitally empowered society, and achieve sustainable economic growth.
KFON forms an essential part of the Kerala government's ambitious plan to provide Internet connection to BPL families, government offices, hospitals and schools. About 12 lakh below poverty line (BPL) families will be given free Internet connection. KFON is a highly scalable network infrastructure that provides on-demand, affordable broadband connectivity of up to100 Mbps for organizations and households. The network connects the state administration with all urban and rural areas to address the digital divide.
About 2000 WiFi hotspots across the state help connected-users in schools, hospitals, offices and houses. Under the WiFi scheme, around 30 million people will have free access to all websites and mobile applications of the state data centre. About 300 MB of free data for availing other Internet services is provided to the public.
The skill development platform is a database of two lakh specialized engineering hands in the state. By linking engineering colleges with the IT parks at Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, and elsewhere in the state, SDPK aims to help engineering students upgrade and build their skill sets and enhance employability. Kerala State IT Infrastructure Ltd., Kerala State IT Mission, APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University, and ICT Academy provide the required support to the platform.