Government Rolls Out Telecom Network In Naxal-Affected Areas In Record Time

Swarajya Staff

Oct 02, 2016, 01:41 PM | Updated 01:41 PM IST

(Mpande/Wikimedia Commons)
(Mpande/Wikimedia Commons)

Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said the government has successfully rolled out telecom connectivity across areas hit by Left-Wing Extremism (LWE).

Sinha said:

The Government of India has completed rollout of telecom network in areas worst affected by left-wing extremism across ten states in record time as part of a major initiative to boost development in the Red Corridor.

Vivaan Networks Limited has worked with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited to set up a large part of this network, a significant portion of which is powered by solar energy. It will own and operate the network for five years.

The network across these LWE affected areas uses technology designed and manufactured indigenously and has been rolled out in less than 18 months. Part of the Prime Minister’s Pragati Programme, it has the active backing of the Union Home Ministry as well.

BSNL CMD Anupam Shrivastava said:

India has the second largest mobile subscriber base in the world. The government has fast-tracked reforms in the telecom sector and we continue to be proactive in resonating to the union government’s vision of ‘Make in India and Digital India’.

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