The telecommunications services provider Bharti Airtel (Airtel), has said that it has signed an agreement with the Department of Telecom (DoT) to provide mobile services in uncovered villages and national highways in the Northeastern states of Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh.
Under the agreement, Airtel will set up over 2000 mobile towers in unconnected pockets of the region and deliver telecom connectivity to people in over 2100 villages over the next 18 months. It will also boost connectivity along important National Highways in the region.
The telecom infrastructure set up by Airtel will also enable other telecom service providers to offer services in the region, thereby, providing major fillip to telecom connectivity in the region, which is characterized by tough terrain. Expanding telecom connectivity will also add to the economic and social development of the region.