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05 September 2016

BSNL commissioned 1,315 solar powered Wi-Fi towers in association with Vihaan Network Ltd (VNL) in remote villages of Left Wing Extremists (LWE) region

State run telecom major, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has commissioned 1,315 solar empanelled Wi-Fi towers  in association with Vihaan Network Ltd (VNL) in the remote villages of Left Wing Extremists (LWE) region.

BSNL commissioned 1,315 solar powered Wi-Fi towers in association with Vihaan Network Ltd (VNL) in remote villages of Left Wing Extremists (LWE) region

The people in these areas were deprived of their right to connectivity since last 20 years are now connected to rest of the world through BSNL Mobile network. BSNL has successfully installed towers at these locations giving network coverage to many villages as well as security forces camps and important locations with the help of domestic vendors Vihaan Networks Ltd and HFCL.

Vihaan Networks Limited (VNL), the global pioneer in designing, developing and manufacturing of Telecommunications network solutions, who was executing majority portion of this project. India's cell phone revolution has helped shape the economic development and improved governance for its citizens, leading to game-changing reforms such as better targeting of subsidies. With a vision to make its citizen’s part of the Indian growth story the government has unveiled a scheme to provide connectivity in the naxal affected areas in order to integrate this region with urban India.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rajiv Mehrotra, Chairman - Vihaan Network Ltd (VNL), said - "It is a proud moment for us as we been able to connect millions of rural consumers, through our efficient infrastructure and expertise in Solar enabled telecom equipments. When we talk of integrated socio-economic development, it takes into account many areas that can benefit from faster access and enhanced productivities by using voice & data connectivity be it security, surveillance, connectivity and information access. In areas which are bereft of basic infrastructure, mobile connectivity underlines the solution to many."
On August 20, 2014, the Union Cabinet approved the extension of mobile telephonic services to 2,199   locations   affected by Left Wing Extremism (LWE) in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. There are 106 districts across 10 states which have been identified by the government as LWE-affected districts.

Read More: BSNL Mobile Service launched at Machail Mata Mandir, Jammu Kashmir - 7000 feet above the mean sea level

VNL has accomplished Connectivity in 10 states, 90 districts, 12,700 villages covered, 39, 00,000 mobile connections, 1.1 crore connected citizens Connected and enabled security forces. The project is Funded by the DoT arm USOF, the total project cost was Rs 3567.58 crores this includes CAPEX as well as O&M for a period of 5 years.

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