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5G has been deployed in 387 districts and will cover nationwide by December, 2024: Telecom Minister

  • IBEF
  • March 1, 2023

The Telecom Minister, Mr. Ashwani Vaishnaw said that after five months of being launched, 5G infrastructure has been deployed in 387 districts in the first phase and will cover the entire country by December, 2024. The Minister said that 100,000 base transceiver centres (BTS) are now active in these districts.

According to the minister, up to 18 other nations are also interested in adopting India's homegrown 4G and 5G stack. The Indian stack is also appealing to up to 13 international telcos. The government is eager to showcase the plan as part of its G20 talks on the digital economy and offer the full range of high-end ‘Made in India’ 4G and 5G equipment and related technologies to other countries.

In order to solidify India's position in the global telecom market and draw more investment as value chains shift there, New Delhi also hopes to take advantage of the stacks. It has been successfully tested that the stacks can manage 10 million calls happening at once.

Furthermore, the minister highlighted that mobile exports from India are estimated to exceed US$ 10 billion this year and the electronics and telecom manufacturing sector are expected to see significant growth in the coming years.

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