- The management of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has said that it has started work on 5G roll-out. The BSNL has however, not yet received approval for the 4G spectrum.
- BSNL is a state-owned telecommunications company. BSNL was incorporated in 2000. It took over the business of providing of telecom services and network management from the erstwhile Central Government Departments of Telecom Services (DTS) and Telecom Operations (DTO). Of late, BSNL’s financial position has deteriorated and has an estimated debt of about ₹16,000 crores.
- 5G (5th Generation) is a version of mobile communications. It succeeds LTE mobile networks- 4G, 3G, and 2G (GSM). In telecommunication, Long-Term Evolution (LTE) is a standard for wireless broadband communication for mobile devices and data terminals.
- According to experts, 5G would provide near-instantaneous connectivity —20 times faster than 4G. The other expected benefits of 5G include reduced latency (faster response time), energy saving, cost reduction, higher system capacity, and mass device connectivity.
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