Centre mulls new telecom towers in tribal areas

Written by feBureau | Hyderabad | Updated: Mar 30 2013, 06:07am hrs
In a bid to improve mobile signal coverage, the Centre is planning to set up 2,000-odd new telecom towers in tribal areas in a phased manner with an estimated cost of R3,000 crore, according to Killi Kruparani, Union minister of state for communications and IT.

Addressing a seminar on the Trends and demands of IT industry, organised by the Federation of AP Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FAPCCI), she said that there are over 93 crore mobile connections in use. We feel that the next e-governance revolution would happen around mobile telephones, she added. She said the government has created special programmes to ensure that all the services being provided now online through kiosks can be provided through mobile phones as well.

The domestic IT industry is expected to grow at 12% over the next four years, reaching a size of R1.75 lakh crore by 2016. While the IT services segment is expected to grow at 14% to R96,600 crore by 2016, the hardware segment is likely to grow 6% to R44,400 crore and the software products will grow by 14% to R34,400 crore, she said.

Besides, the government is planning to set up 10 more Software Technology Parks of India for promoting IT exports.