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Cabinet approves a project for saturation of 4G mobile services in uncovered villages

The Union Cabinet has given its approval to a project for saturation of 4G mobile services in uncovered villages in India at a total cost of Rs. 26,316 Crores. In 2021, Govt of India approved a project for providing 4G mobile services in 7,287 uncovered villages in 44 aspirational districts across 5 states as an integral part of ‘antyodaya’ vision for Digital inclusion and connectivity.

  • BSNL will execute this project using Atmanirbhar Bharat’s 4G technology stack and will be funded through Universal Service Obligation Fund.
  • The cost of the project will be Rs. 26,316 Cr including CAPEX and 5-year opex.
  • The project will aim to offer 4G mobile services in 24,680 uncovered villages in remote and difficult areas.
  • 6,279 villages having only 2G/3G connectivity are to be upgraded to 4G under the project.

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