All panchayats in the country will be connected with broadband facility in next two years, Union Minister of State for Posts and Telecom Sachin Pilot said here today.

“Each panchayat of the country will be connected with the broadband facility by 2012,” Mr. Pilot told reporters at the BSNL office.

Though the internet penetration at present stands at just eight per cent, efforts are on to provide the facility to maximum number of people, specially in rural areas, he said.

Mr. Pilot said his Ministry was developing a software in 22 official languages of the country so that nobody was deprived of the fruits of IT development because of language problem.

Referring to the auction of 3G spectrum and BWA, he said the government has got more than Rs one lakh crore out of it which is a major achievement for the country, specially for its economy in the days to come.

To a question, he said the 3G services will be launched in the State within two - three weeks time.

Referring to problems of call-drop and congestion in the BSNL network, the Minister said the company official have been asked to rectify the problem soon. “Our emphasis will be on improving the quality of service instead of numbers. We will not compromise on quality.”

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