10% of Indian villages have no mobile coverage

12 Mar 2015

Just under 10% of Indian villages remain unserved by mobile networks, the Economic Times writes, citing the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT). 55,669 of India’s 597,608 inhabited villages currently have no mobile coverage from any of the nation’s eleven cellcos. Odissha has the highest number of unserved villages with 10,398 (of 47,675 in the state), although Arunachal Pradesh has a higher proportion of uncovered settlements, with 2,886 of its 5,258 villages still outside of cellular coverage areas. Elsewhere, Jharkhand (5,949), Madhya Pradesh (5,926), Maharashtra (4,792) and Chhattisgarh (4,041) also have high numbers of unserved villages.