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An Indian telecom company is setting up a 4G network in remote areas of northern India, offering internet access for free.
The government-owned company, Airtel India Ltd., said the 4G technology it is using will allow its subscribers to reach the nearest cities without paying for a monthly data plan.
It has also promised free internet to rural and small town residents in rural areas of the state of Punjab, which has been one of the hardest hit states for the floods.
It said its technology is capable of offering high-speed connectivity to remote villages in rural India, with a high-definition network that can reach speeds of 1,500 megabits per second (Mbps).
The telecoms company said its new network would be operational from November 15, and would be able to connect 1.1 million households.
It is not clear whether the network will be accessible to all Indians, or only those who can afford to pay for a mobile data plan that covers data usage at home.
The technology would also be available to people living in remote parts of India who are not connected to a mobile network.
“The internet access is free, and all the data usage is met by the subscriber,” Anil Anand, a senior engineer, Aeterna Technologies, said.
The firm said it had already received a number of inquiries from the government.
“We are now getting a lot of requests from the Government of India for the service, as the people are not getting their data, so we are planning to expand our service to other areas,” he said.