Now, postmen are WLL technology carriers

By siliconindia   |   Thursday, 26 December 2002, 08:00 Hrs
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The Grameen Sanchar Sewak (GSS), a pilot project of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) to provide accessibility of public telephone to the rural population by using wireless in local loop (WLL) technology, is a also being replicated by other countries, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has .

NEW DELHI: Launching the pilot project on Tuesday, Vajpayee said this project should provide the roadmap for the growth of telecom in the country.

As per the scheme, 1,800 postmen, designated as Grameen Dak Sewak (GDS) will carry the wireless-based telephone in operation and make the instant telephone communication facility available to the villagers while delivering their letters. For this additional service offered by GDS, they will get a commission of 20 per cent of the value of calls made by the villagers while (additional) five per cent commission will go to the Department of Posts.

Union Communications Minister Pramod Mahajan said in phase two of the project, the linesmen of BSNL would be roped in as GDS. The GSS project would go a long way in meeting the teledensity targets set in the New Telecom Policy 99.

The facility has also been extended for incoming calls or for outgoing messages and passing on the same to the person concerned in the village has been allowed and a charge of Rs 5 per message will be levied for conveying any incoming call/message. This amount shall be retained by the GSS.

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