Officials from the state of Bihar said that the state will now be installed with satellite phones at 85 places. The satellite phones will be installed in the Maoists and the flood affected areas so as to have better communication facilities in times of emergency.

One of the officials from the state administration department said that the satellite phones are an important tool to remain communicated even during the times of natural as well as man-made crisis. Ashok Kumar from, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) said that the satellite phones will be installed as soon as the equipments arrive.

Kuamr added , “It is a matter of time before installation of satellite phones begins,” and also said that the installation was delayed due to the unavailability of equipment. The officials also added that the satellite phones would be of a major help for the security forces, who are engaged in the operations against the Maoists.

The state police had last year requested for satellite phones due to the connectivity problems faced by the security personnel. The areas have almost no cell phone network coverage. With the help of the satellite phones a wider coverage is also possible as it sends signals to the nearest orbiting satellite.