336 Border Villages in Arunachal Pradesh to Receive 4G Connectivity – Connecting Remote Communities with High-Speed Internet
336 Border Villages in Arunachal Pradesh to Receive 4G Connectivity – Connecting Remote Communities with High-Speed Internet: On Saturday, the government launched 254 network towers to provide 4G mobile telephony connectivity to around 336 villages located in the border areas of Arunachal Pradesh. The government has approved the construction of 2,605 4G mobile towers in total, with a budget of Rs 2,675 crore, to provide connectivity to over 3,721 villages in Arunachal Pradesh. This launch mainly focuses on connecting remote border communities with high-speed internet. It is worth noting that district headquarters like Itanagar are already connected, and the majority of the villages that will benefit from this initiative are located in the border areas.
Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju stated that the primary objective of the project is to connect unconnected and unreached areas. The government launched the first set of 254 mobile towers to provide 4G mobile telephony connectivity to around 336 villages located in the border areas of Arunachal Pradesh. Union Telecom and Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw was also present at the ceremony. Rijiju highlighted the challenges faced by security forces and people in the border area due to the absence of basic infrastructure. He informed that thinning of the population in remote areas is a major concern, and the government is working towards providing facilities like drinking water, electricity, and roads to these areas.
The 4G towers have been installed by BSNL in the border area, with a primary focus on connecting remote areas of the Tawang district where there have been frequent incursions of Chinese troops. Rijiju mentioned that the USO Fund has identified locations for setting up 1,156 more 4G towers, and under the Vibrant Village program, even areas with 2-3 homes left in the border area will be provided with a 4G network. The project is expected to benefit around 70,000 people, which is significant for the scarcely populated state of Arunachal Pradesh.
Under the 4G saturation project, out of 2,424 sites for 4G services in North East, 270 sites will be connected through optical fiber, 1,237 through microwave, and 917 sites will be connected through VSAT. Rijiju mentioned that satellite communication will be used for connectivity.
Ashwini Vaishnaw highlighted that the project involved difficult terrain and represented the success of combined efforts and coordination. He stressed that communication is not only important for connectivity but also opens many avenues and opportunities. Vaishnaw stated that new rail projects are lined up for Arunachal Pradesh, and the work on these will be taken forward promptly.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu welcomed the launch of the 254 towers, stating that they will bring major connectivity benefits and transform the lives of people living in far-flung areas of Arunachal Pradesh. Khandu exhorted all agencies to expedite the work so that the target of operationalizing 1,150 more towers can be met before time, by December 2023.