5G telephony services will cover four Odisha cities by 2023

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5G telephony services will cover four Odisha cities by 2023
5G telephony services will cover four Odisha cities by 2023

In the first phase, four-five cities of Odisha will get 5G telephony services by March 2023, and by the end of next year, around 80 per cent area of the state will be covered

Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Sunday said at least four cities of Odisha will get the 5G telephony services by March 2023 and 80 per cent area of the state will have access to the upgraded network by the end of next year. In the first phase of the launch of 5G telephony services, around 200 big cities in the country will be covered and it will be subsequently extended to towns and rural areas, he said on the sidelines of a programme.

“In the first phase, four-five cities of Odisha will get 5G telephony services by March 2023, and by the end of next year, around 80 per cent area of the state will be covered,” said Vaishnaw, the union minister for railways, communications, electronics and information technology.

Up to March 2023 is the time period for the first phase of launching the fifth-generation services, he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on October 1 launched the 5G telephony services that promise to provide ultra-high-speed internet on mobile phones.

5G telephony services in the first phase was supposed to cover at least 13 major cities such as Ahmadabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Gandhinagar, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Jamnagar, Kolkata, Chennai, Lucknow, Pune, Delhi and Mumbai.

Vaishnaw also reviewed several ongoing railway projects in the state.

Adding that there were some problems as railway tracks of over 100 kilometre pass through forest areas in the route, he said, the work for the Khurda-Bolangir rail line has made “impressive progress”.

Vaishnaw also said the Bhubaneswar railway station will soon be transformed into a world-class facility.

The planning, design and other related work for the upgradation of the station has been completed and the “bhumi pujan” will be held soon, he said.

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