Telcos must build at least ten thousand 5G towers every week

The government said on Wednesday that carriers must increase the number of 5G towers being deployed each week from the existing 2,500 to at least 10,000.

It was noted that up to 8,000 towers have already been installed. The government is prepared to provide telcos with any necessary policy support as they scale up their 5G infrastructure, but the rate of 5G roll-out must be maintained.

In any mobile network, a BTS is a fixed radio transmitter; most frequently, it takes the form of a tower. In order to enable wireless communication between subscriber devices and the telco network.

It was stated that over-the-air software updates had been made available for 163 different handset models.

The deadline for stakeholder input on the draught telecom Bill may move from October 30 to November 10.

The relevant standing committee has chosen to consider any amendments to the Bill while it is still in the draught stage, allowing it to go directly to Parliament. It was declared that the Bill would receive additional feedback before being released in yet another draught.

In addition to the modified national frequency allocation plan and the TEC quantum key distribution requirements, the government also announced changes to wireless licencing and satellite communications.

These included five changes that were significant to satellite communication. Mobile very-small-aperture terminals (VSATs), which require a licence to attach to vehicles, are permitted by the government. The rules governing the certification of antennae have also been loosened.

The DoT previously assessed network operation and control centre (NOCC) fees of pro rata Rs 21 lakh per transponder per annum for 36 megahertz of spectrum.

The procedure is now single-stage due to government intervention. This will shorten the process from eight months to six weeks.

In addition, the agency assessed NOCC fees of Rs 6,000 for each test of the antenna used for signal reception and transmission.

The production of products like vehicle keys using near-field communication is quickly moving to India.