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First Aspirational District Deploying 5G Technology

  • 14 Jan 2023
  • 2 min read

Why in News?

Recently, Vidisha, an aspirational district of Madhya Pradesh became the first-ever district in India for on-ground deployment of innovative 5G use cases offered by startups.

What are the Highlights of the Initiative?

  • It is a joint initiative by Vidisha District Administration and Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT), Department of Telecommunications (DoT) under the guidance of Additional Secretary (Telecom) & Administrator Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF).
  • The 5G will be deployed at community & district health centers, Model Schools, Agri & Dairy Farmers, and skill development centers for a period of 1 year and may be extended subsequently as per the need.
  • These digital solutions will also be powered by BharatNet broadband to provide uninterrupted services to user communities of Vidisha.

What is the Aspirational District Programme?

  • It was launched in 2018 which aims to transform districts that have shown relatively lesser progress in key social areas.
  • Aspirational Districts are those districts in India, that are affected by poor socio-economic indicators.
  • It covers 112 districts across the country.
  • At the Government of India level, programme is anchored by NITI Aayog. In addition, individual Ministries have assumed responsibility to drive the progress of districts.

What is 5G Technology?

  • 5G is the 5th generation mobile network. It is a new global wireless standard after 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G networks.
  • 5G works in 3 bands (Low, Mid and High frequency spectrum) - all of which have their own uses as well as limitations.
  • It enables a new kind of network that is designed to connect virtually everyone and everything together including machines, objects, and devices.

Source: PIB

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