5G network in India will be rolled out in October, says Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw

India is gearing up to launch the 5G network.

Highlights
  • 5G network in India will roll out in October, as confirmed by Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw.
  • The latest network could be made available in tier 1 cities initially and gradually roll out in other markets.
  • Airtel, Jio, and Vi are gearing up to roll out the network before the end of this year.

The much-talked 5G spectrum mega-auction has been completed, with the bidding going as high as 1.56 lakh crores. Jio has been the highest bidder, thanks to the 700MHz band which is said to offer improved call quality and overall network performance. Airtel on the other hand has announced partnerships with Samsung, Nokia, and Ericsson and confirmed it will start the deployment this month itself. Now, Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw in an exclusive interview with India Today Group confirmed the government will be able to roll out the 5G network by October.

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This falls in line with earlier reports that said the 5G network will be made available before the end of this year. There are even reports that 5G prices in India will be higher than 4G initially, which is expected considering the improvements over the existing 4G network.

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5G launch in India by October

The 5G network in India will be rolled out by October. The Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw further said, “Auction concluded and the very next day morning our committee of secretaries had a meeting and approved the spectrum allocation. Very rapidly, maybe by August 10th, we would be able to allocate spectrum. And then setting up the equipment and tuning them and getting them up and running. We should be able to roll out 5G in October.

We can expect the availability of the network, at least in tier 1 cities, before the end of this year and gradually expand to other regions over the course of next year. The network will be made available initially in cities like Delhi, Gurugram, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Jamnagar, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Lucknow, Pune, and Gandhi Nagar.

5G network will present use cases against AR/VR, AI, high-speed broadband, and others to users. The 5G frequency bands in India are available in 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2500 MHz, 3300 MHz, and 26 GHz.