Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru are among 50 cities in 14 states where 5G services have been launched, State Telecoms Minister Devusinh Chauhan told parliament on Wednesday.
According to the information shared by Chauhan in Lok Sabha, Gujarat has 5G services available in all districts.
“Telecom carriers started providing 5G services in the country from October 1, 2022, and as of November 26, 2022, 5G services have started in 50 cities in 14 states and union territories,” Chauhan said.
In response to a separate question about internet connectivity in villages, Chauhan said that according to the telecom operators of 6,44,131 villages, about 6,05,230 villages in the country have mobile internet connectivity and 38,901 villages have non-mobile internet connectivity as of March 2022.
In response to a question about cellphone coverage in tribal areas, the minister said that out of 1,20,613 villages with more than 25 percent tribal population in the respective districts, around 1,00,030 or 83 percent of the villages have cellphone coverage and 20,583 villages have no cellphone coverage.
“Reasons for the lack of cellular networks in these villages include remote and impassable terrain, areas with dispersed populations and economically unviable farms. The Union cabinet has approved a project to saturate 4G mobile coverage to cover all such uncovered villages,” the minister said.
The minister replied to a question on the Bharatnet project that there are about 2.6 lakh Gram Panchayats (GPs) in the country, of which 1,84,399 GPs have been made operational.
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