Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), one of the leading telecom operator in the country, today stated that it completed Ashta Mangal Project Phase-I for improving the connectivity in North East regions. Under Ashta Mangal Project Phase-I, BSNL has provided reliable connectivity to State Capitals of Seven Sisters of North-Eastern Regions and Assam, using optical fibre power ground wire (OPGW). The connectivity has been provided from Kolkata to Guwahati (Assam) and to other Seven State Headquarters of the region (NE), said the company. It also confirmed the cost of this project was around Rs 100 Crore. After completion of this project, Guwahati will be connected to Shillong, Aizwal, Agartala, Itanagar, Dimapur, Kohima, Imphal, Tezpur and Nagaon. Gangtok will be connected to Siliguri and Kolkata.
"The connectivity of all State Headquarters has improved, and the people of the North East Region have been benefitted by getting reliable telecom services in the region. The bandwidth of this region is upgraded by additional 810 Gbps by this project," said BSNL in a press statement.
N K Mehta, Director (Enterprise) BSNL told that "BSNL is further expanding telecom connectivity and coverage to far-flung areas of this region and taking high-speed connectivity to other towns of Seven Sisters and Assam from their state capitals. This is being done by executing Phase-II of Ashta Mangal Project at an estimated cost of over Rs 430 Crore. Completion of Phase-II will further strengthen the Optical Fibre Cable Network between District Headquarters and State Headquarters in North-East Region. This will help states of Seven Sisters and Assam to grow economically and get better connectivity to the World."
BSNL is actively improving service in the North East regions and by the completion of Ashta Mangal Project, the entire NE regions will get network connectivity.