BSNL May Expand Network Coverage into Naxal Areas by Year-end
Published on: 12th Jan 2014
India's state owned mobile network BSNL is expected to start expanding its network into terrorist affected areas by the end of this year.
The deployment is dependent on approval from the Telecom Commission, which is expected to be granted later this month.
The rural areas have been poorly served by mobile networks, partly due to economic reasons, but also due to the ongoing terrorist insurgency.
The Naxalites are a Maoist communist group in India, leaders of the Naxalite-Maoist insurgency. The Naxals are considered far-left radical communists, supportive of Maoist political sentiment and ideology. They have a modus-operandi of attacking mobile phone networks and taking down their towers - after claiming that the police use the networks to track their mobile phones.
An official said BSNL has already installed 363 towers and identified another 450 sites for setting up towers.
"BSNL has opened the tender and selected the vendor. The market price for the project has been obtained, which is communicated to the Department of Telecom (DoT). Further decision is to be taken after the approval of the Telecom Commission," an official told PTI.
On the web: Economic Times