5G services started in 50 towns across 14 states/UTs as on Nov 26: MoS Devusinh Chauhan

New Delhi: Fifth-generation or 5G telecommunications services have been launched in 50 towns spread across 14 states/union territories as of Nov. 26, Congress was notified Friday. Communications Minister Devusinh Chauhan said in a written response at Rajya Sabha that operators have started offering his 5G services in the country from 1 October 2022. After October 1, 2022, as of November 26, 2022, 5G services have been launched in 50 towns spread across 14 states/union territories,” he said.

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The minister was answering questions about 5G services and some glitches in the poor network.Furthermore, he said the spectrum will be phased out over five years from the date of allocation of the spectrum according to the bidding documents and license terms of the access spectrum auction. We stated that minimum rollout obligations must be met.

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The government has taken several policy initiatives to promote the rapid and smooth deployment of telecommunications networks (including 5G) and expansion of telecommunications infrastructure in the country. These include providing sufficient spectrum for mobile services through auctions, enabling spectrum sharing, trading, etc.

Responding to another question, Mr Chauhan said Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) had submitted a bid for the 4G site requirement of Rs 100,000 in October 2022.

“BSNL has submitted an Expression of Interest (EOI) for a Proof of Concept (PoC) on January 1, 2021. The PoC has been completed with some pending points. 5G Non-Standalone Access (NSA) Upgrade is also retained as a deferred feature at BSNL’s EOI,” said Chauhan. Additionally, the government has set aside bands for his BSNL to provide his 5G services, he said. In another question regarding the losses of BSNL and MTNL (Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd), the Minister said that as of 31 March 2022, the total net loss of BSNL is Rs. It said the net loss was Rs 14,989 crore.

“The reasons for the loss of BSNL and MTNL are years of high labor costs, debt burdens, tough competition in the market, and lack of 4G service (apart from a limited base in certain regions). BSNL and MTNL. has been EBITDA positive since fiscal 2020-21 as a result of its 2019 revival plan, plus BSNL approved earlier this year of 1.64 million With the implementation of the rupee revival package, the state telecom company “is expected to turn around and become a profitable entity.”