All panchayats will be linked with broadband by 2012: Sachin Pilot

All panchayats in the country will be connected with broadband facility in next two years, Union Minister of State for Posts and Telecom Sachin Pilot said here on Saturday.

Last Updated: Jun 12, 2010, 20:22 PM IST

Bhopal: All panchayats in the country will
be connected with broadband facility in next two years, Union
Minister of State for Posts and Telecom Sachin Pilot said here on Saturday.

"Each panchayat of the country will be connected with the
broadband facility by 2012," Pilot told reporters at the BSNL
office.

Though the internet penetration at present stands at just
eight per cent, efforts are on to provide the facility to
maximum number of people, specially in rural areas, he said.

Pilot said his ministry was developing a software in 22
official languages of the country so that nobody was deprived
of the fruits of IT development because of language problem.

Referring to the auction of 3G spectrum and BWA, he said
the government has got more than Rs one lakh crore out of it
which is a major achievement for the country, specially for
its economy in the days to come.

To a question, he said the 3G services will be launched
in the state within two-three weeks time.

Referring to problems of call-drop and congestion in the
BSNL network, the minister said the company official have been
asked to rectify the problem soon. "Our emphasis will be on
improving the quality of service instead of numbers. We will
not compromise on quality."

PTI