New Delhi: The government on Wednesday said that it will allow private and public telecom players to set up towers in the border areas to improve mobile connectivity.
“The government has recently lifted the restriction on telecom firms for setting up of telecom towers near international borders. Other than some areas in LoC, we will allow telecom players to set up towers near the borders,” minister of state for IT and communications Sachin Pilot said at a FICCI event.
Earlier, telecom service providers were not allowed to install towers to receive signals within 500 metres near the international border.
Allaying concerns over interference, he said that the use of technology would help check interference from a foreign telecom network.
State-run BSNL is already planning to erect 10,000 towers across the country, many of which would be installed in villages bordering Bangladesh and Pakistan.