Saturday 19 May 2012

Telephone Facilities in Coastal Areas

A no-service-zone of 500 meters width earlier existed along the International border within Indian territory for wireless/mobile service and deployment of Cell site(s)/Base Transceiver Stations (BTSs)/Radio Transmitters in the buffer zone of 10 Km width in certain areas of Jammu and Kashmir was also barred. 

However from July 2008, deployment of Cell site(s), BTSs, Radio transmitters in the buffer zone of 10 Km width were permitted but the Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) have to ensure that their radio signal(s) fade out or become unusable within a reasonable distance across such borders. TSPs have started putting up BTSs within 10 Kms of border also and now telecom infrastructure is much better in border areas than it used to be. 

All the districts in coastal and border areas are covered by one or the other TSPs. However, in some rural/remote areas, telecom services face constraints due to difficult terrain, poor roads and power supply. 

Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) wing of DoT implements various schemes with financial support for providing access of telecom services to the people in the rural and remote areas including border/coastal areas at affordable prices. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology Shri Milind Deora in a written reply in the Lok Sabha yesterday. 

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