BSNL making efforts to connect all villages

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Vijayawada, Oct 3 (UNI) The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is making efforts to connect all the villages in the country through WLL network, its Andhra Pradesh circle Chief General Manager S Ramalingam said today.

Talking to newspersons after commissioning the newly-installed lines in WLL-Base Station Controller, set up at a cost of Rs 23 crore here, he said that to improve the WLL service in the State, as many as 600 more towers would be set up by the end of the fiscal.

Stating that BSNL was playing a key role in achieving 'socio-economic empowerment' of rural people, Mr Ramalingam said the Union and State Governments were planning to provide 'e-governance', 'telemedicine' and 'distance education' to the rural people.

At present, the State had 28 lakh lines capacity and 20 lakh phone connections, including landline, WLL and broadband, he said, adding that another 16 lakh connections would be released soon.

The official said this year was considered 'Broadband Year' and the department was concentrating on improving broadband connections across the State.

UNI

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