Indian state-owned telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is planning to focus on 5G technology instead of 4G in the Himachal Pradesh area, the chief general manager for the circle, Ravi Kant, was quoted as saying by the Economic Times. According to the official, BSNL is looking to 5G as a means to stay in competition with the nation’s privately-owned cellular providers, many of which have already launched 4G services, whilst BSNL has yet to activate its LTE infrastructure. The official stopped short of providing any specific details of the operator’s plans for 5G development, however. Meanwhile, Mr Kant noted that BSNL planned to deploy 620 new base transceiver stations (BTS) in the circle during the current financial year (ending 31 March 2018), 305 of which will be for 3G, with the remaining 315 for 2G. The telco has also lined up an expansion of 30,000 new landline connections, and 31,000 fixed broadband lines during the current fiscal year.