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Centre plans 2,000 new 4G towers to improve connectivity in Arunachal Pradesh

The Centre is planning to install 2,000 additional 4G mobile towers in Arunachal Pradesh to improve connectivity, considering the state’s strategic importance, officials said on Tuesday.

The government has already approved 980 4G mobile towers for the state, and the project is being implemented by Bharti Hexacom Ltd, they said.

The Centre’s plan for installing another 2,000 mobile towers was discussed at a meeting between Union IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, state IT Minister Wangki Lowang and Arunachal East Lok Sabha MP Tapir Gao on Monday, they added.

The Centre is working to provide maximum connectivity in Arunachal Pradesh, considering its strategic importance, Vaishnaw said at the meeting, as per the officials.

The minister assured that approval will be accorded to the expansion of the State Wide Area Network (SWAN), and said the matter of low bandwidth of VSAT projects implemented under BharatNet in Arunachal Pradesh will be taken up with the Department of Space.

Vaishnaw also told the meeting that a special rate will be formulated for Northeastern states for e-office licensing, the officials said. PTI

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