5G is officially here in India.
Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi officially launched the commercial 5G services in India with the inauguration of the 6th edition of the India Mobile Congress at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi on Saturday.
A much anticipated high speed internet service will be available to the users in 22 cities of India as part of the Phase – 1 of the rollout that includes Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Gandhinagar, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Jamnagar, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Pune, Siliguri, and Varanasi.
In the initial phase three major telecom operators of India – Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vi (Vodafone Idea) will provide their 5G services. Airtel has already started it’s 5G services for it’s customers in Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Siliguri, and Varanasi for those who have a compatible 5G smartphone.
Reliance Jio is expected to provide it’s 5G services to its customers in Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai by Diwali this year (October 24) and has committed to rollout pan-India 5G services by December next year.
Vi (Vodafone Idea) expects to launch it’s 5G services in India soon but hasn’t made any specific launch date yet, while BSNL is expected to launch it’s 5G services in India by August 15th next year.
Airtel has rolled out it’s 5G services in few cities and expects to have a mass rollout by 2024.
India’s state-owned telecom operator BSNL is expected to launch it’s 5G services by August 15th, 2023.
No company has yet announced pricing of 5G services but it is expected to be the same as the existing 4G rates in India.