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DTH covers 100% area of the country, says science & tech min

MUMBAI: Minister of State for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Dr Jitendra Singh has said that direct-to-home (DTH) satellite television covers 100 per cent area of the Indian mainland including rural and far-flung regions.

Listing the achievements of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the minister said that ISRO satellites have contributed to the improvement of telecommunication, distance education, and telemedicine facilities in rural and far-flung areas of the country.

The minister stated that about 1.75 lakh satellite communication terminals are supporting various applications like village telephony, data connectivity, broadband connectivity and automatic teller machines (ATM) of banks covering rural and remote areas.

In the area of tele-education, 56,000 classrooms are connected through satellite networking, of which 51,000 are receive-only terminals (ROTs) and around 5,000 are satellite interactive terminals (SITs) catering to all the sectors of education from primary to higher and professional education.

The telemedicine network connects patients at a remote hospital to a specialty hospital for tele-consultation. 60 specialty hospitals are connected to 308 remote and rural hospitals and 16 mobile vans.