Bharti Airtel announced earlier this week it had signed a 5G radio access network agreement with Samsung and extended agreements with Nokia and Ericsson. An Airtel spokesperson said the telco would begin deploying 5G services in India this month.
According to Vaishnaw, 5G data plans will be priced competitively in the same way that 4G data plans have been affordable in India. According to Vaishnaw, 4G services in India cost more than Rs 2,000 per month globally, while in India, telecom services cost less than Rs 200 per month. Similar pricing could be expected with the rollout of 5G.
During the India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2022, on September 29, India Mobile will officially launch its 5G services, which will make the latest standard of connectivity available across the country. Government officials spoke to The Hindu BusinessLine under the condition of anonymity about the tip.
Over Rs 1.5 lakh crore was auctioned by telcos in India during the spectrum auction for 5G. Adani Data Network has joined Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone Idea in the private telco industry.
During a roundtable on India’s 5G opportunities in Mumbai on July 30, Ashwini Vaishnaw, the union minister for electronics and information technology, said India would see the first phase of 5G services by October this year – before wider rollouts across India within a year or two.