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BSNL gets 27,481 villages connected

Posted by egovindia on August 5, 2006

BSNL gets 27,481 villages connected
Task of providing rural telephone connections to targeted 66,822 villages to be completed ahead of the original schedule, promises BSNL
Friday, August 04, 2006

NEW DELHI: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will finish the task of providing rural telephone
connections in the targeted number of 66,822 villages ahead of the original schedule of November 2007, said  Dayanidhi Maran, Minister of Communications & Information Technology.

Out of these 66,822 Village Public Telephones (VPT), 14,183 VPTs are to be provided on satellite
based media and the remaining 52,639 shall be provided on other technologies. So far, as on 30th
June 2006, 27,481 uncovered rural villages have been provided with VPTs. Assistance for both
capital as well as operational expenditure for these VPTs is being met out of the Universal
Services Obligation Fund (USOF).

Speaking on the agenda of the meeting “Rural Telephony”, Maran said that 1,86,872 numbers of VPT
which were earlier working on Multi Access Radio Relay (MARR) technology and installed before
1.4.2002 are to be replaced by BSNL as most of these were non functional.

BSNL has, as on 30th June 2006, replaced 1,54,567 MARR VPTs. replacement of the remaining MARR
based VPTs will be completed by BSNL in the next 2-3 months, Maran said.

The Minister further informed the members that 46,253 villages with population exceeding 2,000
and without a PCO facility are being provided with a Rural Community Phone (RCP). USOF has
entered into agreement with BSNL and RIL in September 2004 to provide 24,794 and 21,459 RCPs in
these villages over a period of three years.

Agreements have also been signed in March 2005 for providing subsidy support towards installation
of Rural Household Direct Exchange Lines (RDELs) to the individual customers in Rural Areas. The
support for these RDELs will be extended to cover 1685 Short Distance Charging Areas (SDCAs).
BSNL has emerged as successful bidder in 1267 SDCAs of the total tendered SDCAs while Reliance,
Tata Teleservices Ltd and TTL (MH) have been successful in 203, 172 and 43 SDCAs.

USOF is also extending support for 18.65 lakhs rural lines installed between April 2002 and March
2005. Agreements to this effect have also been signed by USOF with BSNL and RIL in May 2005 and
August 2005. Financial support has also been provided to nearly 90.5 lakhs rural household DELs
(Direct Exchange Lines) for the period April 2002 to January 2004, which had been installed in
the country prior to April 2002.

© CyberMedia News


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