Guwahati: The Union Cabinet has approved the provision of a Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) scheme for providing mobile coverage in Arunachal Pradesh and two Assam districts under the Comprehensive Telecom Development Plan (CTDP) for North Eastern Region (NER).
The project, targeted to be completed by December 2022, envisages providing mobile coverage to 2,374 uncovered villages (1,683 in Arunachal Pradesh and 691 in Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao districts of Assam) at an estimated cost of implementation about Rs 2,029 crore including operational expenses for five years.
The work related to the provision of 4G mobile services in identified uncovered villages will be awarded through an open competitive bidding process as per extant USOF procedures.
Mobile services in the remote and difficult areas of Arunachal and Assam will enhance digital connectivity, which is useful for self-reliance, facilitate learning, dissemination of information and knowledge, skill upgradation and development, and e-commerce among other facilities. The provision will also aid educational institutes and job opportunities and fulfilling the vision of Digital India by promoting domestic manufacturing and fulfilling the objectives of Atmanirbhar Bharat.
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