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5G towers up in 387 districts, nationwide by Dec 2024: Telecom Minister

18 countries are also keen on implementing India's indigenously developed 4G and 5G stacks, Ashwani Vaishnaw says

Both Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel (which has tied up with the Tatas) have announced that they are developing a 5G stack, and want to sell it to the world

India has won the Government Leadership Award 2023 for implementing best practices in telecom policy and regulation at the ongoing Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain

Subhayan Chakraborty New Delhi
Five months after being launched, 5G infrastructure has been deployed in 387 districts in the first phase and will cover the entire country by December, 2024, Telecom Minister Ashwani Vaishnaw has said.

The Minister said on Tuesday that 100,000 base transceiver centres (BTS) are now active in these districts, which is better than the government's target of covering 200 districts.

A BTS is a fixed radio transceiver in any mobile network, most often installed on mobile towers. The government had earlier asked the telcos to set up at least 10,000 BTS every week.

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First Published: Feb 28 2023 | 4:00 PM IST

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