Ravi Shankar Prasad May Expedite Telephony in India’s Unconnected Villages

Ravi Shankar Prasad May Expedite Telephony in India’s Unconnected Villages

With nearly 40,000 villages still lack mobile telephony services in India, the ambitious connectivity programs in uncovered areas are also being monitored by the Prime Minister Office (PMO).

India’s new telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is expected to take some swift actions to accelerate the telecom connectivity initiatives in rural and remote regions including strategic China border which has been nonstarter so far.

“More needs to be done and those (BSNL-led connectivity in uncovered villages) programs will be expedited soon,” Prasad said and added that some work was already initiated during his earlier tenure in coordination with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

The ambitious programs to provide rural telephony services across uncovered areas of Northeast including select Assam region and Arunachal Pradesh that borders with China, being undertaken by state-controlled telco, has so far been derailed. In some recent instances, villagers in bordering-areas experience mobile signals from China-based telecom networks.

Last month, the state-driven telco, in a letter to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has reiterated its desire to kick start the mobile connectivity project to facilitate those betrayed of basic telephony services, and provide 4G technology where mobile backhaul is readily available.

In early 2016, telco’s overall growth was doubled the industry rate of 0.85% to nearly 1.70%.

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