LWE Phase-II & Meghalaya

For over a year now, the department of telecommunications has not been able to take a final decision on how to proceed with the tendering for providing mobile services in the uncovered villages in Meghalaya and for the second phase of rollouts in Left Wing Extremism (LWE) areas. The push-pull is continuing on three issues – (i) project should be given to BSNL on nomination basis or USO Fund should invite the bids, (ii) technology to be specified in the tender as 2G + 4G or tender should be technology neutral, and (iii) what should be the specifications for tower sites.