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`Rural teledensity in Karnataka higher than national average'

Our Bureau

Mangalore , Dec. 30

RURAL teledensity in Karnataka is higher than the national average, according to Mr Ramaganapathy, Chief General Manager of Karnataka Telecom Circle, Bharath Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL).

He was delivering a lecture on `Communication in the changing time', organised by the Mangalore-Manipal chapter of the Public Relations Society of India (PRSI), in Mangalore on Wednesday.

Rural teledensity, which was 1.41 per cent in 1999-2000, is 2.38 per cent, whereas the national average is 1.5 per cent.

He said communication coupled with broadband would revolutionise communications in rural areas. Citing the example of an interior village in Kodaikanal of Tamil Nadu, he said the establishment of a telephone exchange has helped in villagers' progress there. Villagers, who lack a proper road to the neighbouring town, interact with the rest of the world through telecommunication network. BSNL uses CorDECT and CDMA technologies to provide services in rural areas, he said.

To a query by one of the PRSI members on providing mobile telephone connections in rural areas, he said villages neighbouring national highways and major State highways are already being covered by mobile telecommunication facilities.

Added to this, the Karnataka circle is planning to double the capacity of mobile telephone connections in the next six months, Mr Ramaganapathy said.

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