India Government has taken the mobile services project under the Universal Services Obligation and it is expected to cover 2.5 lakh remote villages across the country.
Government is planning to 38,763 villages of Uttar Pradesh and villages of Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. The Department of Telecom has shortlisted 21 companies to set up the passive infrastructure for rolling out 10,000 towers across these villages with financial support from the Universal Services Obligation fund. The DoT has already plotted the location of the existing towers on GIS map and utilise it for this project to enable identification of rural and remote areas. The new project would be entirely focused on rural and remote areas of the country.