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New Delhi: The Centre on April 1, 2022, said that 5,58,537 villages in the country have mobile wireless broadband coverage.
Giving a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Communications Devusinh Chauhan said: “As per data provided by Telecom Service Providers and field units of Department of Telecommunications, it is estimated that out of 5,97,618 inhabited villages (as per Census 2011) in the country, 5,58,537 villages have mobile wireless broadband coverage.”
The Minister also said that BharatNet project envisages providing high speed internet/broadband in all the Gram Panchayats (GPs) and villages of the country.
“As on February 28, 2022; a total of 1,72,361 Gram Panchayats have been made service ready in the country with broadband infrastructure under BharatNet,” Chauhan informed.
The Minister added that monitoring of availability of Internet facility is done on the basis of number of subscribers. (Press Release)