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As Per Latest Information BSNL to install eco-friendly solar powered green mobile towers in over 4000 remote villages of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam

BSNL has chosen Vihaan Network Limited (VNL) as the lowest bidder to provide connectivity in remote areas of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.

Over 4000 isolated communities in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam will now have connectivity thanks to a decision by the government-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).

An Rs. 1648 crore telecom infrastructure project from BSNL has been awarded to Indian telecom equipment manufacturer Vihaan Network Limited (VNL). VNL won the entire state of Arunachal Pradesh, or about 70% of the first phase of the North East mobile Connectivity project, after coming in as the lowest bidder in the tender for the project’s first phase that BSNL opened yesterday.
The Union Cabinet approved the Comprehensive Telecom Development Plan for the North-Eastern Region (NER), which consists of 8 states, in September 2014 for a total cost of Rs. 5,336.18 crore. The initiative, which will be supported through the Universal Service Fund, aims to provide mobile coverage in 8,621 disconnected communities and seamless coverage along national highways in the North-East area.

The other partner will carry out the project in two districts (Karbi Anglong & Dima Haso) of Assam, while VNL, India’s top telecom enabler, will build the infrastructure throughout the neighboring state of Arunachal Pradesh. VNL is recognized for its expertise in developing end-to-end telecom infrastructure products and solutions domestically.

Rajiv Mehrotra, the chairman of VNL, praised the government for allowing his organization the chance to collaborate on a project of national significance and declared, “We are sincerely proud to be a partner for BSNL’s initiative in challenging areas of the North East. For the locally based business, it is both a problem and an opportunity, and we see the project’s approval as validation of our efforts to link Left-Wing Extremist communities throughout ten states. We are dedicated to completing the Prime Minister’s dream project effectively and would want to thank the Hon. Manoj Sinha, Minister of Communications, and Mr. Anupam Shrivastava, Chairman of BSNL, for their confidence in us.

In Arunachal Pradesh and two districts of Assam, 2817 sites are to be built as part of the project’s Phase-I, which will be carried out by the state-owned operator BSNL. These sites would cover 4118 distant villages and difficult terrains. Projects must only be carried out using domestic technology. The lowest bidder, in this case Vihaan Networks (VNL), will be granted permission to build about 1,893 mobile towers in Arunachal Pradesh in accordance with the project’s requirements.

Such a focused effort today would help actualize the government’s Make in India vision and result in significant indigenization, which is badly needed. We expect seamless mobile coverage connecting the North East states to the rest of the country when this project is successfully completed.

As part of the eco-friendly green initiative VNL will build mobile towers using its own technologies that run on solar energy. Additionally, VNL successfully finished a BSNL project for building infrastructure in LWE areas last year after being awarded the contract as the lowest bidder in December for supplying voice and data connection in the most difficult terrain. The installation and upkeep of 2,199 mobile towers in states with naxal problems received consent from the Union cabinet at that time, which was presided over by the honourable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi. The USOF (universal service obligation fund) backed program provided the funding.

A significant portion of this project was successfully carried out in record time by VNL, a genuinely Indian provider of global Telecommunications network solutions, who installed around 1,315 solar empanelled towers in the LWE region.

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Written by Shallu Srivastav

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