BSNL to install 1.12 lakh towers to roll out 4G across India

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The indigenous 4G telecom network will soon be rolled out across India, with BSNL planning to install about 1.12 lakh towers across the country, Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw told Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

The minister also said that internet connection inside trains will only be available when the 5G network is rolled out, as communications are disrupted by 4G technology in trains traveling at a speed of 100 km/h.

“I am glad to inform you that the 4G telecom network is ready to be rolled out soon and it is being developed in India by Indian engineers and scientists. Our 4G network development is appreciated all over the world and it has ‘a core network, a radio network with full telecommunications equipment,’ he said during Question Time.

The minister said that BSNL is ordering 6,000 towers immediately, then another 6,000 and finally 1 lakh to be installed nationwide for the 4G network.

He said the development of 5G technology continues in parallel and will be ready in a few months.

Asked about the availability of 4G internet service in trains, he said “if a train is running over 100 km in speed, we need a 5G network”.

“There are disruptions in the 4G network. But this is a period of technology evaluation and as 5G prepares, 5G will also be available,” he said.

Vaishnaw said telecom service providers are fibering their Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) installed on mobile towers and 7,93,551 BTS are connected by fiber in the country as of February 1, 2022.

He said the BTSs used to deliver mobile communications are owned by telecommunications service providers (TSPs) and decisions to connect them via fiber or other means, including microwave, are made by the TSPs. based on various technical and commercial considerations, including the network capacity required at that particular location. .

The main barrier to fibering telecommunications towers, as reported by TSPs, is the high fees, complex processes and delays involved in obtaining Right of Way (ROW) clearances due to non-alignment of the States ROW Policy with Indian Telegraph Right of Way Rules, 2016 notified by Central Government, he said.

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