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VSATs put in at 200 locations in J&Ok to enable satellite phone companies for infantrymen, says Centre

Work is underway on a Rs 337 crore mission to compose cell companies in 354 uncovered villages in a ways away and border areas of the country, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Monday.  The mission involves all uncovered villages of Jammu and Kashmi, and Ladakh.

“A Rs 337 crore soft has been floated for the same and work goes on. This may per chance occasionally consist of 87 uncovered villages of Jammu and Kashmir. After completion of this mission, there may per chance per chance well presumably not be a single uncovered village left in Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh for cell companies,” the telecom and IT minister urged reporters.

The mission also involves 144 border villages in Bihar, Rajasthan, Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat.

Prasad said the authorities is also installing VSATs (Very Small Aperture Terminals) to compose satellite phone companies to infantrymen in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh so that they’ll connect with their households.

Satellite-essentially based completely mostly DSPTs (Digital Satellite Phone Terminals) are also being offered at 1,347 net sites for Army, BRO, BSF, CRPF, ITBP and SSB, among others, out of which 183 net sites have already been commissioned.

Prasad said the Division of Telecom is engaged on providing cell connectivity in villages in 24 aspirational districts in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

A entire of seven,287 uncovered villages in 44 aspirational districts in Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh can even be lined.

In step with telecom ministry files offered in Parliament in February, there had been around 27,721 villages (as per census 2011 files) which had been not lined by cell companies.

The minister further said the Chennai-Andaman and Nicobar Islands (CANI) optical fibre hyperlink launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday will prolong innovation and place extra startups in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

“Earlier we were supplying the acquire the usage of satellite bandwidth at 4 gigabit per second (Gbps) tempo. After the initiate of the hyperlink between Chennai and Port Blair, tempo will likely be 400 GBps and other islands will gather 200 Gbps. This may per chance occasionally abet innovation there, prolong startups,” Prasad said.

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