Odisha: 2,792 unconnected villages to get 4G service 


Bhubaneswar, July 30: As many as 2,792 villages across the 30 in the State will be connected with 4G service.

Highest 465 villages in Kandhamal district will be connected will get the 4G connection followed by Gajapati (238), Kalahandi and Rayagada (203) each, Sundargarh (196), Ganjam (194), Koraput (170), Mayurbhanj (165) Boudh (118), Nayagarh (130), Malkangiri-(102), Deogarh (83), Sambalpur (81) Keonjhar (80), Angul (57), Jajpur (41), Cuttack (37), Nuapada (28), Bhadrak (16), Nabarangpur (15), Bargarh (12) Balasore (11) Dhenkanal (10), Khurda (9), Bolangir and Kendrapara (7) each, Subarnapur (5), Puri (4), Jharsuguda (3) and Jagatsinghpur (2).

Notably, the Union Cabinet on July 27, had approved the project for saturation of 4G mobile services in uncovered villages across the country. The total cost of project is Rs 26,316 crore.

The project will provide 4G mobile services in 24,680 uncovered villagesin remote and difficult areas across the country.

The project has a provision to include 20% additional villages on account of rehabilitation, new-settlements, withdrawal of services by existing operators etc.

The project will be executed by BSNL using Atmanirbhar Bharat’s 4G technology stack and will be funded through Universal Service Obligation Fund. The project cost of Rs 26,316 crore includes capex and 5 year opex.

BSNL is already in process of deployment of Atmanirbhar 4G technology stack, which will be deployed in this project as well.

The project is a significant step towards thevision of the Government to providemobile connectivity in rural areas. This project will promote delivery of various e-governance services, banking services, tele-medicine, tele-education etc. through mobile broadband and generate employment in rural areas.

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