Exclusive: India will deploy 4G in all disconnected villages by 2024, according to recent sources.

The 4G network will bridge the digital divide and enable citizens to check government accountability and democratic values.

Chauhan emphasized that bringing 4G to all unconnected areas will result in socioeconomic change and close the digital gap. After acquiring a digital link, this will enable residents of rural locations to check on the accountability of their government. He went on to argue that through digitally connecting communities, those who value democracy are also linked.


  • The Indian government intends to guarantee that any town without 4G network service obtains it by the year 2024.
  • Devusinh Chauhan, the minister of state for telecom, predicts that between 38,000 and 40,000 remote communities lack access to 4G signals.
  • 6 279 localities that now have 2G and 3G connectivity will upgrade to 4G.

The Indian government has set a target to have a 4G network in place throughout the whole nation by 2024, according to the PTI report. A digital gap results from rural communities’ lack of access to 4G signals in challenging terrain. Government approval for the project, which will offer 4G cellular services to 24,680 at-risk villages, came in July 2022. Additionally, the network in 6,279 villages with just 2G and 3G connectivity will be upgraded to 4G.

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The project, which will be carried out by the state-owned telecom operator BSNL with funding from the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF), would make use of a locally developed 4G technology stack. The project’s overall cost, which would be Rs. 26,316 crores over five years, would pay for both construction and running costs. The plan includes a provision that permits the inclusion of 20% additional communities as a result of, among other things, the withdrawal of services by present operators, the expansion of settlements, and restoration.

According to Chauhan, the 4G network’s expansion to all disconnected villages would result in socioeconomic development and narrow the digital divide. Rural citizens would be able to check the accountability of the government once they are digitally linked. Individuals must be linked to the internet for communities to be digitally connected.

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Written by Shallu Srivastav

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