Mobile connectivity programme to start soon in China bordering areas in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam

Guwahati, January 19: A mega mobile connectivity programme may soon start across critical China bordering areas in Arunachal Pradesh along with two other districts of Assam – Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao.

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) chairman Anupam Shrivastava said that they waiting for a nod from the telecom department in this matter and the programme will immediately roll out.

The Centre has recognized the need to provide mobile connectivity across Northeast and on January 2018, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the government and the state-run BSNL to provide mobile phone services in the state of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam’s two districts – Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao.

Homegrown Vihaan Networks Limited (VNL) and Himachal Futuristic Communications Limited (HFCL) were selected being lowest bidders while few others were backed out during the process owing to difficult terrain in the region.

It may be mentioned that due to the absence of telecom infrastructure, mobile users in the border areas of Arunachal Pradesh use Chinese mobile signals on their handsets and also receive messages from China-based telecom networks every time they turn their phones on.