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BSNL to Enhance its Connectivity in Arunachal Pradesh

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The Government has asked state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd to beef up telecom connectivity in the far flung corners of Arunachal Pradesh.

Senior telecom department (DoT) officials recently conducted spot checks on telecom connectivity across the North East and claimed there is virtually zero network coverage in 1,089 villages, many of which are in Arunachal’s border districts.

BSNL has been mandated to reinforce telecom connectivity in Arunachal Pradesh, especially in villages close to the international border on a priority basis. The note adds that BSNL has been told to deploy digital satellite phone terminals in these regions from October and wrap up such installations by March 2014.

The telecom department’s missive comes on the heels of sector regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s call for a near Rs 2918 crore capex investment for revamping telecom networks across the northeastern states, of which nearly Rs 550 crore is proposed to be channeled to Arunachal Pradesh.

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