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BSNL network in Naxal-hit areas surges to record 400 GB per day

BSNL network in Naxal-hit areas surges to record 400 GB per day

New Delhi, Nov 12 (UNI) Data usage has surged to an all-time high of more than 400 Gigabytes per day in Left Wing extremism impacted areas.

According to the country’s state-owned telecom operator BSNL and Indian telecom gear manufacturer VNL that set up telecom network in these areas, the data usage continues to rise every passing day.

People of the Naxal-affected districts across several states are now joining the mainstream with easy access to a host of government and financial services, a statement said.

Reacting on the dramatic rise in data usage, CMD, BSNL Anupam Shrivastava, said, “We congratulate both VNL and HFCL for working together with BSNL and transforming the LWE region. We always believed that Indian companies have great potential and if given little support, they can become world players. As per Government’s initiatives, BSNL will continue to provide services in most difficult areas with the help of such Indian companies.”

“Data usage is not just taking off in urban centres, but is fast powering change in the hinterland and we are proud that we could contribute to this noble venture,” VNL’s Founder Chairman Rajiv Mehrotra said.

He said even tribal areas, which did not had access to even voice connectivity until recently, were now consuming data for banking and other applications. “This is not just music to our ears, but is also a validation of India’s digital drive and “Make in India” initiative,” he added.

In 2015, Home Ministry had identified setting up of robust mobile communication network as a key component of its overall strategy to combat Left Wing extremism menace.

BSNL was entrusted with the task of implementing this project, which picked home-grown companies, VNL and HFCL to execute the same in a record period of 18 months.

Both companies have set up over 2,000 solar powered mobile tower sites, which have been successfully working for two years now.

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