More than 200 Indian cities would have access to 5G service in the upcoming six months, according to IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw. Shortly after PM Narendra Modi’s speech at the India Mobile Congress in New Delhi, the union minister made the news. The prime minister formally introduced 5G during the occasion, although telcos like Bharti Airtel, Vi, and Reliance Jio have yet to reveal the availability and cost to consumers. At least Airtel and Jio have promised that subscribers would be able to access their 5G services this month.
Ashwini, the minister of information technology, also mentioned at IMC 2022 that on August 15, the government-run BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) will introduce its own 5G services in India. Given that Reliance Jio pledged to provide the least expensive 5G service in India, it will be interesting to observe how the public entity will price its services.
We anticipate further information from the government and corporate players over the next four days — during the INC 2022 — as many important facts are still unclear. As of now, Jio has stated that four significant cities will have its 5G services by Diwali (October 23–24). Airtel announced that its 5G services are already accessible, albeit probably just for testing. In addition, Airtel stated that the initial rollout of its 5G services will include eight cities. Vi has not yet clarified.
In coming 6 months, 5G services to be available in over 200 cities, attempts being made to make 5G services available in 80-90% of country in next 2 years. BSNL to provide 5G services next year August 15 onwards. 5G too, to be affordable: Telecom Min Ashwini Vaishnaw, in Delhi pic.twitter.com/orj3o3elTZ— ANI (@ANI) October 1, 2022
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