Indian Telecom operators may offer free 5G services before full rollout

At the India Mobile Congress on October 1, the country announced the official launch of 5G mobile networks, and telecom operators Airtel and Jio are ready to launch in Mumbai, Kolkata, Varanasi, Delhi, etc. Launch-related plans in specific cities.

Experts believe that mobile users will receive speeds of 600Mbps in the early stages of 5G.

Jio and Airtel have announced that customers do not need to upgrade their SIM cards to get 5G support. Jio has announced some policies, as part of the test, it will offer users up to 1Gbps+ network speed and unlimited traffic. In the future, this service will be gradually extended to other cities.

Ericsson experts believe that Jio mentioned that 5G will have 1Gbps+ speeds, but this will only be possible in very close proximity to mobile base stations. "5G is expected to offer speeds of up to 600mbps at launch, as traffic on the network will be low. But after full rollout, it will continue to stay in the 200-300mbps range".

Anupam Shrivastava, former chairman of BSNL, the state-run telecom company under the Ministry of Communications, said telecom operators may offer free 5G services to users before the full rollout. "Once the rollout in the circle is over, the telcos may announce their charging plans and charge more for 5G than for 4G."

Sanjay Malik, senior vice president and head of India market at Nokia, mentioned that the high speed of 5G will double the average data consumption per user in India within a year and a half.

In June 2022, Ericsson's mobile report mentioned that 5G is expanding faster than all previous mobile devices and is expected to account for nearly 40% of all users in India by 2027.

In July this year, India opened the auction of 5G spectrum. The auction is for 72,097.85MHz of 20-year spectrum, including the 600 MHz, 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz, 3300 MHz, and 26 GHz bands.

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