5G services in India are soon going to be operational. As per recent reports, the Government of India would officially launch several 5G services at the inauguration of the India Mobile Congress, or IMC, on September 29, 2022.
To recall, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day speech, had said that the 5G would launch in India sooner than one could expect, and its speed would be ten times faster than the 4G network.
Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio are racing to launch India’s first 5G services. If specific reports are to be believed, the telecommunication giants will launch their services by the end of this month.
5G services in India will be rolled out in a phased manner. In the first phase, only 13 selected cities would get speed 5G internet services from either Airtel, Jio, or both. These 13 cities are Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Gandhinagar, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Jamnagar, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, and Pune.
Reliance Industries Group announced hosting its Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2022 later this month. As per reports, the meeting will be held virtually on August 29, during which it is speculated that Reliance will be announcing the rollout of 5G services and Jio’s upcoming 5G smartphone.
It is important to note that not everyone in these cities will get 5G services from the first day. Most telecom companies will likely provide access to 5G in selected areas of these cities, which have not been confirmed yet.
Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnav on Thursday asked telecom service providers to gear up for the 5G launch post the issuance of spectrum allocation letters. The DoT has received payment of around ₹17,876 crores from service providers like Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, Adani Data Networks, and Vodafone Idea for the spectrum they won a recent auction.
The Department of Telecom had also issued spectrum assignment letters on the same day the successful bidders of radio waves made upfront payments.