5G services started in 50 cities in 12 states and union territories on November 26: MoS Communications
Fifth-generation or 5G telecommunications services have started in 50 cities across 14 states/union territories as of November 26, Parliament informed on Friday.
Minister of State for Communications, Devusinh Chauhan, in a written response to Rajya Sabha, noted that telecom operators have started providing 5G services in the country from October 1, 2022.
“Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) started providing 5G services in the country from 01.10.2022 and from 26.11.2022 5G services started in 50 cities across 14 States/Territories of the ‘Union,” Chauhan said.
The minister was answering a question about several issues in 5G services and a bad network.
Further, he stated that according to the Access Spectrum Auction Tender Document and Conditions of License, the minimum deployment obligations are to be met over a five-year period in a phased manner. from the date of spectrum allocation.
The government has taken several policy initiatives to facilitate a faster and smoother deployment of the telecommunications network (including 5G) and the expansion of the telecommunications infrastructure in the country. These include making sufficient spectrum available for mobile services through auctions, enabling spectrum sharing and trading, among others.
On another question, Chauhan said that Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) launched a tender in October 2022 for its need for one lakh of 4G sites.
“BSNL launched the Expression of Interest (EOI) on January 1, 2021 for the Proof of Concept (PoC). The PoC has been completed with a few pending items. ) has also been retained as a deferred feature in BSNL’s EOI,” Chauhan said.
Additionally, the government has earmarked spectrum for BSNL to provide 5G services, he said.
To a separate question on the losses of BSNL and MTNL (Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd), the minister said that since its establishment, the total net loss of BSNL is Rs. 57,671 crores while that of MTNL is Rs. 14 989 crore as of March 31, 2022.
“The reasons for BSNL and MTNL losses are the high cost of employees over the years, debt burden, fierce market competition and lack of 4G services (except on a limited basis in some areas),” said the minister.
BSNL and MTNL have become positive EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortisation) since the 2020-21 financial year, following the 2019 recovery plan.
Moreover, with the implementation of Rs. profit-making”.