2792 villages in Odisha will be connected to 4G mobile service

Bhubaneswar: A total of 2792 uncovered villages in Odisha will soon benefit from 4G mobile service. Kandhamal district will be the highest to get 4G mobile connectivity in 465 villages.

Out of the 2792 villages not covered for 4G mobile services in Odisha, 57 villages are in Angul district, Balangir-07, Balasore-11, Bargarh-12, Boudh-118, Bhadrak-16, Cuttack-37, Debagarh -83, Dhenkanal-10, Gajapati-238, Ganjam-194, Jagatsinghpur-02, Jajpur-41, Jharsugurda-03, Kalahandi-203, Kandhamal-465, Kendrapara-07, Kendujhar-80, Khurda-09, Koraput-270 , Malkangiri-102, Mayurbhanj-165, Nabarangpur-15, Nayagarh-130, Nuapada-28, Puri-04, Rayagada-203, Sambalpur-81, Subarnapur-05 and Sundargarh-196.

Digital inclusion and connectivity for all are an integral part of the government’s “Antyodaya” vision. In his Independence Day speech in 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for the saturation of government programs.

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On 27.07.2022, the Union Cabinet approved the plan to saturate 4G mobile services in uncovered villages across the country.

  • The total cost of the project is Rs. 26,316 cr.
  • The project will provide 4G mobile services in 24,680 uncovered villages in remote and difficult areas.
  • The project plans to include 20% more villages due to rehabilitation, new settlements, withdrawal of services by existing operators, etc.
  • In addition, 6,279 villages with only 2G/3G connectivity will be upgraded to 4G.

Last year, the government approved a project to bring 4G mobile services to 7,287 uncovered villages in 44 ambitious districts in 5 states.

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The project will be executed by BSNL using Atmanirbhar Bharat’s 4G technology stack and will be funded by the Universal Service Obligation Fund. The project cost of Rs. 26,316 Cr includes capital expenditure and operating expenditure over 5 years.

BSNL is already in the process of deploying the Atmanirbhar 4G technology stack, which will also be deployed in this project.

The project is an important step towards the government’s vision of providing mobile connectivity in rural areas. This project will promote the provision of various services of e-governance, banking, telemedicine, tele-education, etc. through mobile broadband and will create jobs in rural areas.

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