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All villages to get broadband connectivity by 2012

NEW DELHI: The Bharat Nirman target of providing every village with telephone connectivity is likely to be achieved by November 2007, two years ahead of schedule, according to a report presented to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.













In a review meeting yesterday, Dr Singh was informed that of the 66,822 villages, 48,125 have been covered till May 2007 and the remaining will be covered by November 2007.


A total of 14,183 villages will be connected through satellite technology and the rest through other technologies. In an effort to increase rural tele-density, about 80,000 towers will be installed by May 2008 to facilitate mobile and other wireless services in rural areas.


 
The Prime Minister was informed that efforts are also on to provide Broadband services to cover 200,000 villages in 5000 blocks across the country.

The final goal is to create 50 million rural connections by 2007 and increase this to 80 million connections by 2010 and provide broadband connections in every village by 2012.

 
 

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