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Upscale presence: Khandu to private telecom players

 From our correspondent 

Itanagar, Oct 12: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has invited all major private telecom players such as Reliance, Airtel, Vodafone and Idea to upscale their presence in the State.
His request came in the wake of State government identifying total reliable mobile connectivity as a key to development of the State, an official report stated.
In separate letters to the CMDs of telecom giants – Mukesh Ambani of Reliance, Sunil Sood of Vodafone, Sunil Bharti Mittal of Airtel and Himanshu Kapania of Idea – on Wednesday evening – Khandu said: “You must be aware that the government of Arunachal Pradesh is giving the impetus to achieve 100% reliable mobile connectivity in the State. Connectivity is the key to development of a region; be it road, rail, waterways, air, power or telecom. It helps in overall economic development and social integration of the region. Robust telecom and broadband connectivity and provision of quality telecom services are also an avowed national priority.”
Giving a brief about the strength and challenges of the State, Khandu said: “The State has witnessed a huge growth in the tourism sector with both domestic and foreign tourists. However, lack of reliable mobile and internet connectivity is playing a major hindrance in promoting tourism and bringing overall development of the State.”
“For this purpose, a special cell has been formed in CM’s office, under the chairmanship of Special Secretary (CMO), which will monitor all the major telecom projects and provide support to all the telecom operators facing problems related to road cutting, land acquisition etc., in the State,” he said.
He requested the private cellular service providers to increase their reach by providing high-speed broadband services, which will not only increase their revenues but will also usher economic development in the State, the report added.