Telephone connectivity to be improved in Assam, NE: Pilot
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 02, 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 02, 2010, 17:32


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