Over 9,000 5G BTS Deployed in India During March 2024

India's 5G network infrastructure witnessed significant growth with the deployment of over 9,733 Base Transceiver Stations in March 2024.


  • Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Maharashtra lead deployment efforts.
  • Total 5G BTS count in India rises to 435,720.
  • Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio are primary 5G operators, with Vodafone Idea fulfilling its 5G rollout obligation.

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India Adds Over 9,000 5G BTS in March 2024
India witnessed the deployment of over 9,000 5G Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) across various states and union territories during March 2024, bolstering India's 5G network infrastructure. The latest data reported by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) reveals significant progress in expanding the reach of 5G technology, with Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Maharashtra leading the deployment efforts.

Also Read: India Witnessed Addition of Over 7,000 5G BTS in January 2024

Top Three States with 5G Deployments

Uttar Pradesh (1) added 1,759 5G BTS, with the total count rising from 47,231 to 48,990. Recording a notable increase, Tamil Nadu (2) deployed 1,249 5G BTS, pushing the total count to 33,841 from 32,592. Witnessing steady growth, Maharashtra (3) saw the addition of 1,067 5G BTS, bringing the total to 45,283 from 44,216.

Other states, including Karnataka (4), West Bengal (5), and Bihar (6), also contributed to the expansion, underscoring the nationwide endeavour towards embracing the next-generation network.

5G BTS Deployed in March 2024

Sl. No
BTS as on
Feb 29, 2024Mar 31, 2024BTS Additions in Mar 2024
1Uttar Pradesh47231489901759
2Tamil Nadu32592338411249
5West Bengal2756328192629
11Andhra Pradesh1771318028315
14Jammu & Kashmir (UT)65326745213
16Madhya Pradesh1853718714177
20Himachal Pradesh38703972102
26Arunachal Pradesh53155221
27Chandigarh (UT)72174120
29Puducherry (UT)52153514
34Andaman & Nicobar1151150
35UT of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu3783780
Lakshadweep (UT)220

At the bottom, adding just 1 5G BTS, Ladakh's total deployment reaches 226. Maintaining the same count, Andaman and Nicobar's 5G BTS deployment remains at 115 and with no change, the total count in the UT of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu remains at 378.

Also Read: Airtel 5G Plus Enables High-Speed Connectivity in Lakshadweep for Tourists

Total Deployment

The total number of 5G BTS in India surged from 425,987 to 435,720, marking a significant milestone in the country's journey towards 5G readiness.

5G in India

Currently, only two private operators in India, namely Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio, are deploying 5G Networks at scale. Vodafone Idea, the third private operator, has fulfilled its 5G minimum rollout obligation (MRO) in four circles with four vendors, as disclosed in its most recent investor presentation submitted to the exchange.

Also, 5G is currently offered for free, and there is no monetisation as of now, as there are no consumer use cases. However, as per recent reports, Bharti Airtel will likely go ahead with headline tariff hikes after the Lok Sabha 2024 elections.

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