5G services to begin in India by 12th of October: Ashwini Vaishnaw

The first phase of 5G launch is scheduled to happen in 13 cities including Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Gandhinagar, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Jamnagar, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, and Pune.

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Union Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Thursday announced that the government has set a target for the launch of commercial 5G services by 12th of October. He said that he expects the full-fledged nationwide rollout to happen in the next few years and urged the operators to keep the services affordable.

We are planning to roll out 5G services rapidly, telecom operators are working in that regard & installations are being done. Hopefully, we should be launching 5G services by October 12 & then would further scale up in cities & towns

Union telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said

Our expectations are that 5G should reach every part of the country in the next two to three years. We’ll ensure that it remains affordable. The industry is focusing on both urban as well as rural areas, Vaishnaw also said. 

5G services are expected to be rolled out in a phased manner and in the first phase, only 13 cities are scheduled to get the 5G internet services. These cities include Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Gandhinagar, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Jamnagar, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, and Pune.

As per a report, the Odisha Samajwadi Party state president Rabindra Nath Behera in a letter to Union IT, Communication and Electronics Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said: “It is unfortunate that none of Odisha’s cities are among the 13 places where 5G service would be launched.” He demanded that the state capital and No. 1 smart city Bhubaneswar be included in the list of cities shortlisted for the first phase.

So we already expect as the minister [read: union telecom minister Ashwini Vaishaw] said launch is beginning from October. It could even be from early October. 5G has started to take root in western world… some people think that India is late. India is not late, in fact, it is the perfect timing. Use cases are being developed. You can see devices coming through with prices falling down which perfectly suits a country like India.

Bharti Enterprises chairman Sunil Mittal told India Today during a fireside chat.

Mittal also said that Airtel has been preparing for this day for the last 24 months, he had predicted that it will launch in the second half of 2022. Some of his competitors felt 5G could come in 2020 end or 2021 he remarked.

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  1. And Jio will launch 5G CA from day 1. (2CC: n28+n78)
    5G signals will travel far and wide!
    Much superior 5G FWA will also be in the offing.
    From the looks of it, Jio has taken the T-Mobile US’ apprach of 5G rollout. This will surely give Sunil Mittal sleepless nights. Vi should really buck up or pack up now.

    • Hahaha 🤣🤣🤣🤣 , Jio is going for standalone 5G which I was not expecting and they are aiming for pan India 5g by Dec 2023. BIG AIM. Let see what airtel and vi going to do. Airtel is going for NSA 5G so sooner or later my primary no will on back to jio from airtel for sore.

    • In the initial phases of 5G rollout, Jio will deploy n28+n78 in the rural and urban sites where there is already high data consumption and decent 5G device penetration. In other sites, it will only deploy n28 for the time being as it has the maximum range (10+ km). Jio will slowly ramp up the deployment of n78, but this will take time. This is straight from the playbook of T-Mobile US.

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