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High speed wireless launched

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Feb 2 � Union Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology Sachin Pilot launched WiMax � BSNL�s high speed wireless data services for rural areas, in Chhayagaon today.

The Rs 1,200 crore project with a peak speed of 7 mbps would offer a minimum speed of 1 mbps and support all government schemes in the rural areas. This technology has been specially designed for difficult geographical areas where laying cable is difficult and cumbersome.

Addressing a press meet, Pilot mentioned that the government was keen on bringing the latest technologies in the field of communication and IT, to the doorsteps of the people. �Services like telemedicine, tele-education, and government services like issue of birth and death certificates should reach more people, even in far-flung areas,� he mentioned.

During the last quarter of the current financial year, 328 mobile towers would be added to aid the subscribers� base and tackle issues like mobile traffic concession and call drops.

In the next financial year 2010-11, the Union Government would put up 843 new mobile towers in the Northeastern region putting more emphasis on the areas affected by insurgency, and border areas as well.

As part of its e-governance programme, the Union Ministry is going to roll out Rs 250 crore for an 800-kilometre long Optical Fiber Cable Network project that would connect the State capital with all the district headquarters and blocks.

Two districts of the State, Sonitpur and Goalpara would also be developed as e-districts under a pilot project where all types records � land record, caste certificate, birth certificate, death certificate, banking and insurance would be maintained electronically.

�With the steps taken up for improvement of services, the number of telephone subscribers in the region is expected to grow from 28.15 lakh in December 2009 to more than 32 lakh by March 2010,� Pilot added.

Pilot also reviewed the progress of projects and schemes of Department of Information Technology, project arrow in the Department of Posts and other schemes in the region. Addressing the IT secretaries of the region, he emphasized the quality of service and customers� satisfaction.

In the field of postal services, the department has identified 24 post offices in the region, where railway tickets would be sold. He also mentioned that a number of initiatives were being taken up to offer a wide variety of services to the people that include electronic money order, instant money order, savings bank account, NREGA accounts, and insurance.

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