Over 2,000 base stations are installed weekly for 5G: MoS Chauhan | Jobs Reply

Union Minister Devusinh Chauhan announced on Friday that telecom operators are installing around 2,500 base stations a week to provide 5G services in the country, according to PTI news agency.

The Minister of State for Communications told Rajya Sabha that as of November 26, 20,980 mobile base stations had been installed. Of these, Reliance Jio and Airtel have installed 17,687 and 3,293 base stations, respectively.

In a written response to the House of Lords, Chauhan said: “Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) have begun offering 5G services in the country from October 1, 2022. On November 26th… 20,980 base stations were installed in 14 states and union territories. On average, TSPs install around 2,500 base stations per week.”

He also said telecom operators have reported that they are currently offering 5G services to their subscribers with 5G-enabled devices at no additional cost, PTI reported.

Communications Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, responding to a question on BSNL and MTNL’s 5G services, said BSNL published the tender in October 2022 for its 1 lakh 4G site needs.

“In addition, the government has reserved spectrum for BSNL for its 5G services while it conducts the spectrum auction in July 2022,” Vaishnaw added.

He also explained that public sector telecoms entities BSNL and BBNL were connecting over 100,000 homes each month, causing data usage to surge to over 120GB per month.

“The combined network of BSNL and BBNL is now adding more than 1,00,000 household connections every month. Now imagine that in rural areas there are more than 1,00,000 household lines every month that offer good bandwidth and good connectivity. Today, data consumption on these connections is close to 120 GB per month,” he said in Lok Sabha yesterday.

Vaishnaw added that the Government’s commitment to providing excellent connectivity to the Northeast has been demonstrated through several projects.

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