Rashmi Rekha Das

Odisha will get a full-fledged high-speed 5G service very soon. In the first phase,  20 to 25 Indian cities will get 5G connectivity by end of August-September, 2022, said IT and Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Tuesday on the sideline of International Yoga Day celebrations in Konark of Puri.

The Minister said no city from the State has made it to the list to avail 5G service in the first phase. In the next phase of 5G deployment, Odisha will get the services.

Earlier in a statement the Union Minister had made it clear that, it is expected that the Mid and High band spectrum will be utilised by Telecom Service Providers to roll-out 5G technology-based services capable of providing speed and capacities which would be about 10 times higher than what is possible through the current 4G services.

It is learnt that the 5G spectrum auction will be completed by July end. After the auction, the Centre will have consultations with the telecom service providers and will try to come with 5G services as soon as possible.

Speaking on railway connectivity to Konark, the Railway Minister Vaishnaw said a survey will be conducted soon to connect Konark with railway lines. Besides, the survey will be done to determine whether rail line to Konark will be connected through Puri or any other place.

Meanwhile, the minster urged political parties not to politicise the Agnipath recrutiment scheme. He requested everyone not to be swayed away by these politics and not to believe rumours. Speaking to media he assured Agnipath scheme was long due since 1990s and many countries are already implementing such schemes.