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      BSNL 4G to Go Live at 200 Sites in Next 2 Weeks while 5G Upgrade Set for December : Ashwini Vaishnaw

      BSNL has start rolling out of 4G network with 200 sites, and after a three-month trial, it will launch an average of 200 sites per day, Union IT and Communications Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said.

      IT Minister said the 4G network of BSNL will be upgrade to 5G by November-December.

      Ashwini Vaishnaw said :

      “The 4G-5G telecom stack we have developed in India. That stack deployment started with BSNL. Between Chandigarh and Dehradun, 200 sites installations have been done and within the next maximum of two weeks, it will go live,”.

      BSNL has place an advance purchase order of over Rs. 19,000 crore with Tata Consultancy Services and ITI Limited for the deployment of a 4G network, comprising more than 1.23 lakh sites.

      Ashwini Vaishnaw said :

      “The speed at which BSNL will deploy, you will be surprised. After testing for three months, we will be doing 200 sites a day. That is the average at which we will go. BSNL network will work initially like 4G. Very soon, somewhere around November- December, with a very small software adjustment this will become 5G,” Vaishnaw said.

      He was speaking to reporters after commissioning the 2,00,000th site in Gangotri with Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami.

      Ashwini Vaishnaw said :

      “Today practically every minute one 5G site is getting activated. The world is surprised. It is a matter of pride for us that the 2,00,000th site has been installed in Chardham,”.

      The Prime Minister has said that India will stand with the world in 5G and take the lead in 6G, Ashwini Vaishnaw noted.

      Ashwini Vaishnaw said that gone are the days when technology transfers use to be sign.

      “Today India has become a technology exporter,” he said.

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      The first 1 lakh 5G sites were roll out within 5 months of the launch of service by the Prime Minister on 1st October.

      The next 1 lakh sites have roll out in three months.

      Ashwini Vaishnaw said :

      “We had set a target to have around 1.5 lakh sites by December 31, 2023. Already 2 lakh sites have been completed, I feel by December 31, it should be more than 3 lakh sites,”.

      He said that countries like the US have start deploying made-in-India telecom technologies.

      Pushkar Singh Dhami said :

      “Today, devotees of Chardham have received a present in the form of a 5G site. Now, our border area will also get wrapped up with mobile connectivity. The dream that we saw of high-speed connectivity in the hilly area of Uttarakhand has been fulfilled today,”.

      He said that the start of high-speed service will help in relief and disaster management, surveillance, and boost the economy.

      Both ministers also dedicate optical fibre connectivity of Chardham, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamnotri and Gangotri in Uttarakhand to the nation.

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