Don’t penalize telecom firms if signals breach border: Meghalaya CM

20 Aug 2018

In a bid to encourage telecom companies to set up towers in remote areas close to the international border with Bangladesh, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma has urged the Centre to remove penalties imposed on them if their signals reach the other side of the border.
Sangma said at the 'Digital North East: Vision 2022' programme in Guwahati last week. He said the Indian telecom companies are penalised if their signals reach inside Bangladeshi territory. "Because of this, the telecom companies are not setting up towers in border areas. This has resulted in poor (digital) connectivity there."
He said signals from Bangladeshi telecom companies usually reach India but Dhaka imposes no penalty on their firms. "This must change. Connectivity is important and additional stress should be given on that." PTI