Itanagar, April 22: The Government of India has approved the installation of 2,605 4G mobile towers in Arunachal Pradesh to provide connectivity to more than 3,721 villages, with a total cost of Rs 2,675 crore.
As a part of this initiative, 254 4G mobile towers will be inaugurated on April 22, 2023, by Minister for Communications, Railways and Electronics & IT, Ashwini Vaishnaw; Minister for Law and Justice, Kiren Rijiju; Minister of State for Communications, Devusinh Chauhan; Arunachal Chief Minister, Pema Khandu, and senior officials from both the Central and State Governments. The inauguration ceremony will take place at the State Legislative Assembly in Itanagar.
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The towers will provide 4G coverage to 336 villages, including some that have remained unconnected since Independence, thereby bringing digital connectivity to remote areas. Over 70,000 subscribers are expected to benefit from this initiative, with an expected data usage of over 40TB per month.
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The move is a part of the Indian government’s effort to ensure digital inclusivity and empower citizens through the last-mile digital revolution and rapid proliferation of mobile and digital services.
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, has previously stated that the government considers the remotest border village as the country’s first village, not the last. The government’s objective is to attain 100% saturation with sincere efforts and innovative means. The installation of 4G mobile towers in remote areas is a step towards achieving this objective.
The state of Arunachal Pradesh will have access to high-speed network connectivity through various schemes and projects such as the ‘Comprehensive telecom development plan (CTDP-NER) for the North-Eastern Region’, ‘Provisioning of Mobile Services in Uncovered Villages of Arunachal Pradesh and 2 Districts of Assam’, and the 4G saturation project.
With the inauguration of these 254 4G mobile towers, the government aims to bridge the digital divide and bring digital inclusivity to the remote areas of Arunachal Pradesh. The move will not only provide connectivity to remote areas but will also help in improving education, healthcare, and other critical services in the region.