Cabinet approved a project for 4G Mobile services in villages
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The Union Cabinet on July 27 approved a project for saturation of 4G mobile services in all the uncovered villages of the country at a total cost of Rs 26,316 crore.
Under the project, 4G mobile services will be provided in 24,680 uncovered villages in remote and inaccessible areas.
In addition, 6,279 villages, which currently have only 2G/3G connectivity, will also be upgraded to 4G.
The project has a provision to cover 20% of additional villages on account of resettlement, new settlements, withdrawal of services by existing operators, etc.
The project will be executed by BSNL using Aatmanirbhar Bharat (Made in India) 4G technology stack.
The project will be funded through the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF).
The project is a significant step towards the government's vision of providing mobile connectivity in rural areas.
What is Universal Service?
This refers to having a phone and affordable phone service in every household.
It means to provide telecom service with specified quality at an affordable price to all users everywhere.
It was established in April 2002 under the Indian Telegraph (Amendment) Act 2003.
Its objective is to provide financial assistance for the provision of telecommunication services in the commercially unviable rural and remote areas of the country.
It is an attached office of the Department of Telecommunications.
It is headed by an administrator, who is appointed by the central government.
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