Saturday, June 19, 2010

Communication will be smooth at World Tamil meet, says Raja

Communication facilities will be of the highest order during the forthcoming World Classical Tamil Conference in Coimbatore, said the Union Minister for Communication and Information Technology A. Raja while speaking to reporters here on Saturday.
Pointing out that the mega event is expected to attract lakhs of people, he said everything possible will be done to prevent congestion in telecommunication.
Referring to discussions held with various service providers in Coimbatore recently, Mr. Raja said it had been decided that 130 Basic Transmission Service (BTS) facilities would be set up. In addition, about 20 BTS services would be provided near the venue and some in places such as the Nilgiris and Erode as the event would increase the flow of visitors to such places. Around 250 broad band connections would also be provided.
Stating that temporary boosters will be erected near the airport, he said all the service providers have helpline numbers.
To a question Mr. Raja said the revenue from the 3G spectrum auction had exceeded expectations. On account of it and the auction of the spectrum for wi-fi services, the government was better off by over Rs. 1.6 lakh crore.
Pointing out that a number of factors had contributed to the whopping revenue, he said the question of safeguarding the social responsibilities of the BSNL will be taken up with the Finance Minister.

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