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Prepaid connections to be banned in Northeast India from Feb 22

From February 22, our brothers in North-eastern part of the country in the state of Assam and Tripura, will not be able to communicate through their mobile, if they are using pre-paid connections. The center is mulling to clamp down on pre-paid connections not only in the north-eastern states but as well as in the state of terrorist-infested Jammu and Kashmir. 

Readers in Bangladesh, and to other countries, for them it would come as a bit of General Knowledge-update that in India there exist a cellular divide between the seven-northeastern states and the rest of the country. Pre-paid users from other states of India are not allowed ‘roaming’ facility in the northeastern states. At the same time to avail the cellular facility in Assam and Tripura (include other states) it is a game altogether different. It is very strict. 

Now when the country is ushering into a 3G cellular service at the end of the year rolled out by private operators. It has to be seen when this third generation service will be available in the north-eastern states. So far, the introduction of mobile services in these states had been, not-to-say, too late and uncompetitive. 

Source: The Economic Times (January 9, 2008)



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