"The entire north-east region, including Sikkim, is confronting the challenge to build a robust network and connectivity to bridge development and communication divides," Tuki said while addressing the 4th North East Award Summit 2013 in Itanagar.
Tuki said that the summit has come at a time when the national and international voice was loud and clear on how to develop, increase and sustain the growth curve of our economies and strengthen the social capital through rightful and need base deployment of information communication technology tools and applications, including the internet and mobile platforms.
Arunachal Pradesh and other north-eastern states, he said, were currently implementing various programme components of the National e Governance Plan (NeGP), including setting up State Wide Area Networks (SWAN) and State Data Centre (SDC).
"While the efforts continued on these fronts in the midst of challenges and issues including terrain and Right of Way (RoW), the access factor cannot be overlooked," he stressed.
He said that the role of the telecom and internet service providers has been extremely important and contributory.
"We all know the role played by BSNL in the region which is further assisted by private players in providing telecom and internet services through land route or wireless or mobile based services," he said.


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