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BSNL's Siachen BTS: Connecting Soldiers at World's Peak.



  Oct 14, 2023

BSNL's Siachen BTS Installation and Connectivity



What is the significance of BSNL's BTS installation at Siachen Glacier?

A1: This marks the first-time Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has set up a base transceiver station (BTS) at the Siachen Glacier, the world's highest battlefield. It fulfills the critical need for mobile connectivity for soldiers deployed in challenging conditions along the Pakistan border.

Who collaborated with BSNL for this initiative?

A2: BSNL worked in collaboration with the Army, specifically the XIV Corps or the "Fire and Fury Corps," responsible for guarding borders with China and Pakistan.

How does this initiative benefit soldiers?

A3: Soldiers at Siachen will now have access to mobile communication, facilitating data transfer, and improving connectivity with the rest of the world, which was previously limited to satellite phones and landlines.

What challenges are faced in maintaining communication at Siachen Glacier?

A4: Challenges include interference from neighboring countries' service providers, extreme winter conditions that disrupt communication lines, and the region's isolation due to heavy snowfall for six months a year.

What's the strategic importance of this initiative?

A5: This strengthens communication infrastructure along the border and ensures soldiers have vital connectivity. While China's communication facility is being enhanced, Pakistan lags behind in this critical aspect.

Are there plans for improving connectivity in other remote areas?

A6: Yes, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has called for improving telecom coverage and infrastructure in remote areas of Ladakh, addressing the communication needs of both the Armed Forces and local residents.


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