Airtel to Provide Mobile Connectivity to 2,100 Uncovered Villages in North East India
New Delhi, December 11: India’s leading telecom major Bharti Airtel on Sunday announced its plans to provide mobile connectivity in northeastern states of India. Airtel said that it will provide connectivity in 2,100 uncovered villages and national highways over the coming 18 months. The telco in its release said that this work is to be undertaken under an agreement with the Department of Telecom (DoT).
In a bid to fulfil its commitment, Airtelhas signed a pact with DoT and USOF. “Bharti Airtel has signed an agreement with DoT and the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) for the provision of mobile services in identified uncovered villages and national highways in the northeastern states of Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh,” the Airtel statement said.
Under the newly signed agreement, Airtelwill set up over 2,000 mobile towers and sites in unconnected pockets of the region to deliver telecom connectivity in over 2,100 villages over the next 18 months. According to a report by IANS, Airtel would receive about Rs 1,610 crore from the DoT’s Universal Service Obligation Fund to provide telecom services in rural and remote areas for executing the project. Airtel stated that the infrastructure set up by it will also enable other service providers to offer services in a region characterised by tough terrain, as well as lower population density and connectivity.
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