The naxal-striked regions all over 9 states transported below mobile coverage in 2016 have posted usage of 400 GB of data on 2G network each day of the only service provider BSNL, according to a joint statement of network vendor VNL and the state-owned company.
“As per BSNL, the state-controlled telecom operator of India, and VNL, the Indian telecom gear manufacturer, that set up telecom network in LWE (Left Wing Extremism) affected areas, usage of data has increased to an all-time record of over 400 GB each day, thus increasing in prosperity and development,” a joint statement by Vihaan Network Limited and BSNL claimed this week.
In June 2013, the Cabinet accepted installing mobile towers in 9 states impacted by the violence of naxal to enhance communication since none of the telecom providers ventured in to these areas. The project was one more time sent for acceptance of the Cabinet owing to modification in price framework and was approved in August 2014. The government verified regions in the states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, and Uttar Pradesh for the project and allocated the job to the state-controlled company.
BSNL got bids from only 2 local telecom gear producers, Himachal Futuristic Communications Limited and Vihaan Networks Limited, for the project. Both the sellers have jointly set up 2,199 solar-fueled mobile towers in the naxal impacted regions 4 months prior to the time limit of December 2016.
“We always thought that Indian firms have great capability and if provided little support, they might turn out to be global players. According to the initiatives of the Government of India, BSNL will carry on to offer services in most difficult regions with the assistance of such Indian firms,” Anupam Shrivastava, Chairman and Managing Director of BSNL, claimed to the media in an interview. The statement said it to be the biggest green mobile network in the world, which offers data and voice to over 20,000 villages in LWE regions.
“Data consumption is not just taking off in urban hubs, but it is fast fueling alteration in the vicinity,” Rajiv Mehrotra, Founder Chairman of VNL, claimed.