Telecom operators intend to install over 57,500 towers for mobile connectivity in rural areas during the current financial year. There is plan to install 57,559 towers for mobile services in the rural areas during the financial year 2019-20 by telecom service providers, Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. He said that 5.54 lakh villages are covered with mobile services, while 43,088 villages are not covered.
Prasad ji also added, the reasons for not having mobile services in all villages, remote areas diversely located with scattered population and commercially non-viable operations. However, mobile coverage in the uncovered villages is being provided in a phased manner.
BharatNet project is being implemented to offer broadband connectivity to all 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats (GPs) in India.
As on current date, 3,37,515 km Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) has been laid, thereby connecting 1,28,870 GPs by OFC. A total of 120,341 GPs are service ready.