India Today Impact: Mobile Service Providers Visit Wayanad’s Panavally To Assess Problems In Online Courses

A week after India Today reported on the plight of Wayanad students regarding online education, mobile service providers visited the area. A team of VI members (Vodafone-Idea) visited the village of Panavally with representatives of the tower company.

The development comes after actor-philanthropist Sonu Sood intervened in the problem.

How have network issues affecting online courses been assessed?

On Friday, a five-member team including officials from the mobile service provider and the tower installation company visited several sites in Panavally.

The team scouted at the bridge, a temporary hangar at the top of the hill, and other places where students came to attend online classes.

The team also visited residential areas in the region to assess network coverage.

What the locals have to say

“The team came here on Friday afternoon. They visited most of the key areas in our village,” said Midhun, from Panavally.

“They understood that there were serious problems with the network coverage in the region. They ensured to offer maximum support to the people here,” he added.

About network issues in the region

According to the sources, the closest tower in the area is about 900 to 1000 meters from the residential area.

“However, since it falls on the other side of the hill, this valley has no coverage. Depending on the population and the number of potential beneficiaries, companies can take steps to improve coverage.” said an official who is familiar with the Activities.

“The challenge, however, is the shortage of electronic devices that must come from Chinese companies,” the official added.

How Sonu Sood helped bring the issue to light

Sonu Sood and his friend Karan Gilhotra have been actively engaged in activities aimed at providing solutions to the digital divide in online courses.

The Sonu Sood Foundation has already helped solve similar problems in other parts of the country, including Maharashtra.

“Recognition for the mobile tower in Kerala begins, no student will miss their online classes,” Sood tweeted with the team photos.

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