Source: News Bharati English10 Jan 2016 19:16:03

Mumbai, January 10:  NGN Service will be available in Pune, Nagpur, Nashik, Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Kalyan and Nanded in Maharashtra and Goa, which is also part of the Maharashtra Telecom circle, said Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.  

While addressing a Press Conference after taking a review meeting of Departments under his Ministry in Mumbai today, Prasad said several steps are being taken to address the issues of connectivity including spread of broadband, wi-fi and Next Generation Network across the country. He also said 2500 Wi Fi hotspots will be set up by next fiscal. 
NGN is a packet based network which provides voice, data and other media services at high speed. The Minister also announced that 174 Wi Fi hotspots will be installed in 58 cities across Maharashtra. He said a new Mobile Intelligence Network will be set up in Pune, which will facilitate pre-paid mobile service customers. 

The Minister said ‘Digital India’ is aimed at empowering the poor and the underprivileged. “We want a small time tea-seller, a paanvala, a carpenter to seek services through his mobile phones. That is the concept of real ‘Digital India’. 

Prasad informed that mobile phone connectivity has increased to 100 crores and internet connectivity to 40 crores. “We will strengthen digital india for healthy, education, entertainment and ecommerce and to make india a truly empower society” he added.

Announcing the road map of improving connectivity in Maharashtra, Ravi Shankar said 4 lakh connections under Next Generation Network (NGN) will be made available in Maharashtra during the Financial Year 2016-17.  

For Mumbai, Ravi Shankar Prasad said, the MTNL is laying Optical fiber which aims to provide High Speed Broadband to 1 lakh households in the city. “6,000 city surveillance cameras will be installed at 1800 locations, in collaboration with the Mumbai Police” he added.  

Underlining the need for promoting inclusive growth, Ravi Shankar Prasad announced that the Government has planned to set up BPOs in the form of Mofussil call centres across India with 48,000 seats.  

Out of these, Maharashtra will have 35 call centres of 3500 seats. “BPO Call Centres at small places and mofussil towns will become the crux of digital India” the Minister said.