Mobile connectivity in Odisha

Communications and Information Technology

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1141 TO BE ANSWERED ON 28TH NOVEMBER, 2019 MOBILE CONNECTIVITY IN ODISHA 1141. SHRI AMAR PATNAIK: Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS be pleased to state: (a) the number of villages in Odisha not covered by mobile services connectivity in the year 2019 as per the latest available data; (b) the steps taken by Government to introduce mobile services in these areas and the details thereof; and (c) the status of Wifi Access Points (APs) for 3811 Gram Panchayats (GPs) in the State under BharatNet and the details thereof? ANSWER MINISTER OF STATE FOR COMMUNICATIONS, HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT AND ELECTRONICS & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (SHRI SANJAY DHOTRE) (a) & (b) As per the data collected from the Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) and Department of Telecommunications (DoT) field units in 2019, it is estimated that there are 6549 inhabited villages (as per census 2011 data) in Odisha, which are not covered by mobile services. Mobile coverage in such villages is being provided by the Government and the TSPs in a phased manner. Under Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected areas Phase-II project, the Government has approved installation of 158 towers for providing mobile connectivity in Odisha. (c) As on 07.11.2019, Wi-Fi hotspots have been installed in 114 Gram Panchayats (GPs) in the State of Odisha under BharatNet Project and out of them, services are being provided in 107 GPs.