Cabinet approves USOF scheme for strengthening of telecom network in North Eastern Region

  • May 24, 2018
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New Delhi: The Union Cabinet chaired by chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved Implementation of a Comprehensive Telecom Development Plan (CTDP) for the North Eastern Region (NER) in Meghalaya at a total estimated project cost of Rs 3,911 crore.

The project cost will be funded by the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) and approval of the enhanced cost of CTDP Project for NER for an amount of Rs 8120.81 crore. Of the total amount, Rs 5336.18 crore has already approved by the Cabinet on September 10, 2014.

The Scheme entails provision of 2G+4G mobile coverage in identified uncovered areas of the State of Meghalaya; and 2G+4G seamless mobile coverage along the National Highways in Meghalaya.

It will benefit strengthening of telecom network will result in increase the penetration of mobile connectivity in Meghalaya resulting in affordable and equitable access of communication, information and governance to people.

Providing access to public mobile network to hitherto unreached people of Meghalaya will empower citizens with benefits of ICTs for furthering socio-economic developments.

The innovative skill of uncovered areas will increase through broadband and internet access.


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