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Telcos will set up 57,559 mobile towers in rural areas in FY 2019-20, says Prasad

July 10, 2019
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According to a recent note written by Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to the parliament, the telecom operators intend to install 57,559 towers for mobile connectivity in rural areas during the financial year 2019-20.

As per some 2018 data, 554,000 villages are covered with mobile services, while 43,088 villages are not covered.

Prasad mentioned that connectivity in uncovered villages is being provided in a phased manner.

Prasad also noted that under the BharatNet project, around 337,515 km optical fibre cable (OFC) has been laid, connecting 128,870 gram panchayats (GPs) by OFC. Further, 120,341 GPs have already been made service ready.


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