Cabinet approves saturation of 4G mobile services in uncovered villages at a cost of Rs. 26,316 crore
New Delhi, July 27, 2022
The Union Cabinet today approved a project for saturation of 4G mobile services in uncovered villages across the country at a total cost of Rs. 26,316 crore.
"Digital inclusion and connectivity for all is an integral part of ‘antyodaya’ vision of the Government. Last year Government approved a project for providing 4G mobile services in 7,287 uncovered villages in 44 aspirational districts across five states," an official press release said.
The release also recalled that, in his Independence Day address in 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had given a call for saturation of government schemes.
The project will provide 4G mobile services in 24,680 uncovered villages in remote and difficult areas. The project has a provision to include 20% additional villages on account of rehabilitation, new settlements, withdrawal of services by existing operators, and so on.
In addition, 6,279 villages having only 2G/3G connectivity shall be upgraded to 4G.
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 five years of operating expenditure.
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 the vision of the Government to provide mobile 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," the release added.