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As part of the digital inclusion policy, a total of 2,792 villages will be brought under the country’s 4G network.
Nearly 2,800 villages in Odisha will soon get 4G mobile connectivity, an official said on Sunday.
A total of 2,792 villages will be brought under the country’s 4G network under the Centre’s digital inclusion policy. Of this, the highest number of 465 villages is in Kandhamal district, he said.
The Union Cabinet gave its go-ahead on July 27, the official said.
The Center has earmarked ₹26,316 crore to provide 4G mobile services in 24,680 villages in remote and difficult terrains of the country.
The project will be implemented by BSNL and will be funded through the Universal Service Obligation Fund. Project costs include capital expenditures and operating costs over five years.
This project will support the provision of various e-governance services, banking services, telemedicine and tele-education, among others, through mobile broadband and create employment in rural areas, the statement said.
Apart from Kandhamal, 270 villages in Koraput, 238 villages in Gajapati, 203 villages each in Kalahandi and Rayagada, 196 villages in Sundargarh, 194 villages in Ganjam and 165 villages in Mayurbhanj will also get 4G services.