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5G infra spreads to 481 districts but 37% of towers need key upgrade

They need to be fiberised for rolling out service that was launched 6 months ago


Officials said the geographical extent of 5G is fast spreading given that the number of districts covered by 5G infrastructure was 387 a month back.

Subhayan Chakraborty New Delhi

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As many as 481 districts nationwide have 5G infrastructure six months after the telecom service was launched, the government has told Parliament. But only 37 per cent or 8.84 lakh of India's 23.8 lakh total base transceiver stations (BTS) are fiberised, the process to provide 5G through optical fibres.

A BTS is a fixed radio transceiver in a mobile network, usually in the form of a tower. However, often new 5G radios are put up on an existing tower infrastructure to facilitate wireless communication between subscriber devices and telecom operator networks.

Government officials said 5G is spreading fast in the

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First Published: Mar 29 2023 | 8:08 PM IST

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