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Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL)-Bokaro Steel Plant (BSL) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd. (TCIL) to explore the potential of applications of 5G and other wireless communication technologies in its SAIL-Bokaro Steel Plant. This is yet another illustration of the growing interest in 5G shown by many industries throughout the country.

SAIL is a New Delhi-based, state-owned steel manufacturing business in India. It is cited as being the largest steel firm in India and the 20th largest steel firm in the world, with an annual production of 16.30 million metric tons. Bokaro and three special steel plants are among the five integrated steel plants that SAIL runs and owns.

The Department of Telecommunications (DOT) has administrative supervision over TCIL, a Government of India undertaking that was founded in 1978 and provides engineering and consulting services.

The SAIL refractory in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand, as well as its central coal supply organization, would be the project's primary focal areas.

Certainly, there is still a long way to go before SAIL-BSL deploys 5G or even completes a thorough assessment. However, according to reports in the Indian press, this agreement makes SAIL-BSL the first public sector undertaking (PSU) in India to consider using TCIL to put up a dedicated 5G network, which might pave the way for the use of 5G technology in the steel manufacturing industry.

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