Villages Without Mobile Services

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA 
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS 
DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS 

LOK SABHA 
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.679 
TO BE ANSWERED ON 6TH FEBRUARY, 2019 

MOBILE SERVICES IN VILLAGES 

679. SHRI MANSUKHBHAI DHANJIBHAI VASAVA
       SHRI LAXMAN GILUWA
       SHRI RAM TAHAL CHOUDHARY
      SHRI LAXMI NARAYAN YADAV 

Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS be pleased to state: 
  • (a) whether telecom and mobile service has not been made available so far in many inhabited villages in the country; 
  • (b) if so, the details thereof along with the reasons therefor; 
  • (c) the extent to which the said problems have been addressed with the help of modern technology and equipments; 
  • (d) the outcomes thereof; and 
  • (e) the other concrete steps taken by the Government in this regard? 
MOBILE+SERVICES+IN+VILLAGES
ANSWER 
THE MINISTER OF STATE (IC) OF THE MINISTRY OF 
COMMUNICATIONS & MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS 
(SHRI MANOJ SINHA) 

(a) to (e) According to the data collected from the telecom service providers in 2018, it is estimated that there are 43088 villages (as per the Census 2011) in the country which are not covered by mobile services. The State/ Union Territories-wise list of uncovered villages is Annexed. The reasons for not having mobile services in these villages include, inter-alia, remote and tough terrain, areas diversely located with scattered population, law and order issues and commercially non-viable operations. However, mobile coverage in the uncovered villages is being provided in a phased manner. Following projects are being implemented for providing/facilitating telecom services in inhabited villages
  1. Under Left Wing Extremism affected areas Phase-II project, Government has approved to install 4072 mobile towers for providing mobile connectivity. 
  2. A Comprehensive Telecom Development Plan for mobile connectivity in the North Eastern Region to install 6673 mobile towers for 8621 identified uncovered villages, 321 mobile towers for National Highways and strengthening of transmission network. 
  3. Andaman & Nicobar Islands
  • (i) Submarine Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) connectivity between Chennai and Andaman & Nicobar Islands 
  • (ii) Satellite Bandwidth Augmentation from 260 Mbps to 2 Gbps 
  • (iii) Augmentation of Intra Island OFC network 
  • (iv) Mobile connectivity to cover uncovered villages and seamless coverage on National Highway (NH 223) 
(4) Lakshadweep: 
  • (i) Augmentation of Satellite bandwidth from 102 Mbps to 1.71 Gbps 
  • (ii) Augmentation of 2G mobile coverage with EDGE Technology 
(5) BharatNet project is being implemented in a phased manner to provide broadband connectivity in all the Gram Panchayats (approx 2.5 lakh) in the country. As on 27.01.2019, by laying 3,10,097 Km OFC, a total of 1,23,489 Gram Panchayats (GPs) have been connected, of which 1,16,876 Gram Panchayats are service ready. 

As part of BharatNet project, the Last Mile connectivity, through Wi-Fi or any other suitable broadband technology to access broadband/ internet services is being provided at all the GPs in the country. On an average, 5 Wi-Fi Access Points (APs) are being provided at each GP; of these, 3 APs will be connected to Government Institutions such as Police Stations, Schools, Hospitals, and Post Offices, while 2 APs will be available for public use. So far, Wi-Fi hotspots have been installed at 39,379 GPs and of these, services are being provided in 12,528 GPs. 
ANNEXURE
The list of villages without mobile services
Sl.
No.
State/UT
No. of inhabited villages without mobile services
1.
Andaman & Nicobar
165
2.
Andhra Pradesh
2745
3.
Arunachal Pradesh
2215
4.
Assam
915
5.
Bihar
263
6.
Chandigarh
0
7.
Chhattisgarh
3563
8.
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
0
9.
Daman & Diu
0
10.
NCT of Delhi
0
11.
Goa
47
12.
Gujarat
1262
13.
Haryana
8
14.
Himachal Pradesh
211
15.
Jammu & Kashmir
328
16.
Jharkhand
1222
17.
Karnataka
869
18.
Kerala
0
19.
Lakshadweep
1
20.
Madhya Pradesh
5558
21.
Maharashtra
6117
22.
Manipur
877
23.
Meghalaya
2691
24.
Mizoram
314
25.
Nagaland
328
26.
Odisha
9940
27.
Punjab
4
28.
Puducherry
0
29.
Rajasthan
1402
30.
Sikkim
13
31.
Tamil Nadu
83
32.
Telangana
647
33.
Tripura
16
34.
Uttarakhand
552
35.
Uttar Pradesh
295
36.
West Bengal
437
TOTAL
43,088
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