Telephone connectivity to be improved in Assam, NE: Pilot

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 17:32

Guwahati: Telephone connectivity would be
improved in Assam and rest of the north eastern region,
particularly in border and insurgency hit areas, Minister of
State for Communication and Technology Sachin Pilot said
on Tuesday.

"Special emphasis is being laid on setting up of more
mobile towers on border districts and those hit by insurgent
movements.

The UPA government is committed to ensuring telecom
facilities in the north-east, improving infrastructure and
providing finances for teleservices availability in every
village for every Indian to feel part of the telecommunication
revolution," Pilot said.

Pilot told reporters here that Rs 384 crore have been
allocated in the XI Five Year Plan (2007-12) for installing
843 more mobile towers and broadband connections during
2010-11.

By April next, 209 towers would be set up and 40,000 new
broadband connections would be provided for augmenting
subscriber base and tackling issues like traffic congestion
and call drops, he said.

With these efforts, Pilot said, the number of telephone
subscribers in the region was expected to grow to over 32 lakh
by March 2010, from 28.15 lakh in December 2009

Assam`s tele-density is 48 per cent now, the minister
said.

The minister also reviewed the progress of information
Technology (IT) schemes and projects, and the postal
department`s `Project Arrow` in the north eastern states.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 17:32

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