The Parliament was informed on August 1 that over 43,000 inhabited villages in India do not have mobile phone services.
“The number of inhabited villages without mobile services stood at 43,088 as on July 27, 2018 (based on 2018 Survey) out of 5,97,618 inhabited villages in the country as per census 2011,” Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha told the Lok Sabha in a written reply.
Odisha has the highest number of villages which do not have mobile phone servies. The number of such villages in the state is 9,940.
“Wireless technologies inter-alia include 2G, 3G and 4G technology. 2G mobile network covers 97 per cent of population, while 3G as well as 4G mobile networks cover atleast 88 per cent of population of the country,” PTI quoted Sinha.
Till March 2018, there were 145.82 million internet connections in rural areas, according to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).