About USOF
Provision of quality and affordable mobile and digital services across the rural and remote areas of the country; allowing non-discriminatory access to mobile and network services along with equitable access to knowledge and information dissemination, leading to a rapid socio-economic development with improved standard of living.
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What we do

Provide widespread and non-discriminatory access to quality ICT services at affordable prices in rural & remote areas.

What we do
What we do
  • BharatNet project connecting Gram Panchayats (GPs)
  • Mobile services in uncovered villages in Northeastern Region (NER), Left Wing Extremist Areas, Aspirational Districts, Border Areas, etc
  • 4G mobile saturation in remote and rural India
  • Island connectivity through submarine OFC
  • Other telecom projects to ensure that universal services are provided in an economically efficient manner
Why we do

Narrowing the access gaps and removing the barriers to information dissemination and access to knowledge.

Why we do
Why we do
  • Reducing the digital divide within the country and promoting economic growth through augmenting of digital connectivity and digital services in rural and remote India
  • Mainstreaming the underserved and unserved areas or groups by bridging the 'Access Gaps'
  • Addressing the "Lack of a business case” for telecom companies and  the market gap or failure for ICT services in rural and remote areas 
For Whom

People of rural and remote areas of the country where ICT services are not available due to commercial non-viability.

For Whom
For Whom
  • Rural and remote areas of the country where ICT services are not available due to commercial non-viability, on account of sparse population, remoteness of areas, absence of supporting infrastructure, low income of inhabitants and insurgency
  • Universal Service Obligation (USO) Fund steps in to provide subsidy support thereby incentivizing telecom service providers to venture forth and provide services to such target beneficiaries

Defining Journey
USOF In Numbers
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  • Scheme for Special Assistance to States for Capital Investment for 2022-23 [2022-09-23] View
  • More reforms in Telecom Sector in offing but the industry too will have to do its bit and reciprocate by improving quality of services – Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw [2022-09-15] View
  • Departmental Officers must ensure connectivity to every household in the country and improve the quality of coverage - Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw [2022-09-15] View
  • Government offers use of Indigenous 5G Test Bed free of cost to Indian Government recognized start-ups and MSMEs for the next six months upto Jan, 2023 [2022-08-08] View
  • Department of Telecommunications issues Public Advisory on frauds related to installation of Mobile Tower [2022-08-05] View