With an aim to provide easy and affordable access to telephone services to people of the North-East, the Indian Government has opened a ‘Mobile Switching Centre’ in Aizawl for better availability of both basic mobile services and value added products and services to the people of the area. This (centre) will enable more efficient handling of the calls and result in improved quality of service, said minister of state for communications and information technology Sachin Pilot. This announcement was made after a review of the performance of BSNL, Department of Posts, and Department of Information Technology in the North-Eastern Region. The minister also launched BSNL’s EVDO services which will provide high-speed broadband connectivity to CDMA mobile users; WiMax services to ensure that rural users have access to the same services. “This is a wireless high speed broadband service and makes possible applications like e-Medicine and e-Learning. There are 19 WiMax Towers at present and 82 more would be commissioned in the current year.” Assuring the state government of all assistance in implementing IT-related projects, Pilot said that Aizawl would be developed as an e-District where government functions and processes would be made available to the citizens online. The NE-1 Circle comprising Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura have about 4.4 lakh BSNL mobile subscribers and another 1.6 lakh subscribers would be added during 2010-2011. During 2010-2011, 342 additional mobile towers would be installed to improve coverage. Over 26,000, 3G connections would be added. Satellite phones are being provided for remote villages where connectivity by conventional means is not feasible. 795 such DSPTs (Digital Satellite Phones) are already operational. 1097 more such satellite phones would be installed in 2010-2011.