New Delhi: Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi officially launched the commercial 5G services in India today at the inauguration of the sixth release of the India Mobile Congress (IMC) held in New Delhi, which will end up on October 4.
The 5G network will go live in 22 cities as a part of the initial period of rollout, including Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Gandhinagar, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Jamnagar, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Pune, Siliguri, and Varanasi.
The 5G services will be presented by telecom operators Reliance Jio, Airtel, and Vi (Vodafone-Idea) in India at first. Airtel’s clients can as of now experience the 5G network in a couple of cities beginning today if they have a viable 5G smartphone.
Airtel’s 5G service is accessible in certain areas of Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Siliguri, and Varanasi, with the rollout in the nation expected by March 2024.
Reliance Jio, then again, will provide 5G access to its clients in Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai by Diwali this year (October 24), and it has focused on finishing pan-India 5G rollout by December 2023.
Vi said its 5G rollout will start soon yet hasn’t uncovered when exactly its 5G services will go live in the nation, though state-run BSNL will provide 5G services next year from August 15.
As far as pricing is concerned, Airtel said its 5G services will be accessible at existing 4G rates and new tariffs for 5G will be reported after some time. Notwithstanding, it will be fascinating to see Jio’s pricing for 5G network services since the company surprised the Indian telecom area back in 2016 by offering free voice calls and SMS with data at cheap rates, which was classified as predatory pricing by the competition however helped Jio dominate the market and make mobile data more affordable.