India to Launch Mobile Network in North Eastern Regions; Improve Surveillance

Assam_ColorsThe government is all set to launch greenfield 2G networks in regions close to the Chinese and Bangladeshi border regions that are currently outside the mobile loop, according to a recent report.

The Telecom Commission, under the communications ministry, is working towards clearing a Rs 7103 crore project funded by the Universal Services Obligation Fund (USOF), the Department of Telecommunications rural network infrastructure financing arm. (Via)

The USOF has invited tenders for the project, which will cover nearly 8621 villages across the northeastern border areas and will improve the mobile surveillance for security agencies in the region.

With the rising border tension and infiltration problems across India’s North Eastern border regions, surveillance has become of utmost importance to security agencies.

In May 2013 the special branch of Assam police had invited tenders for setting up a sophisticated Internet monitoring system at the cost of nearly Rs 180 crore for the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Meghalaya.

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