The State Telecom Operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is to launch 3 G Mobile services in Gangtok by 15th of August, 2009.This was announced by the Union Minister of State for Communication & Information Technology Shri Sachin Pilot in Gangtok yesterday. Announcing the extension of 3 G GSM Mobile services to other three districts within 100 days, the Minister said, BSNL would increase its broadband strength to 30 GB PPS to improve services in Sikkim. All the 26 blocks in the State would be covered by broadband services within 100 days.
After review meeting with BSNL, Postal Department and State I&T in Gangtok, the Minister said, traffic congestion in mobile services in twenty one sectors of the State would be removed by 15th August, 2009 on account of improved quality of service by BSNL.
Underlying the importance of Sikkim state, Shri Pilot added that special measure has been taken to improve the quality of services in North East through communication and information technology, with specific emphasis to Sikkim. It is a difficult terrain and the ministry would support the efforts to improve information and technology in Sikkim, as it would increase opportunities for the talented youth.