Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched 5G services in India at the 6th India Mobile Congress on Saturday, October 1. On the opening day of IMC 2022, Modi stopped by the booths of Reliance Jio, Airtel, and Vodafone Idea, three of India’s top telecom providers, to learn how 5G will support domestic development as part of the nation’s digitisation process.
Jio and Airtel both previously stated that 5G services would be available in major Indian cities by year’s end, with a pan-India rollout likely to be completed by 2023.
The cities that will receive 5G first have already been designated by the Department of Telecom. Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Gandhinagar, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Jamnagar, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, and Pune are some of these cities.
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The three telecom companies’ executives announced that starting today, 5G will be available in some cities. Reliance Jio’s 5G network will be accessible in Varanasi and a village close to Ahmedabad starting today, according to Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries and a representative of the company.
Mukesh Ambani regarding rollout of 5G in India,
“The rollout of 5G in India is not an ordinary event in India’s telecom history. It carries the keen expectations and the high aspirations of 1.4 billion Indians. With 5G, India will take longer and faster strides towards Sab Ka Digital Saath and Sab Ka Digital Vikas.”
The Bharti Airtel’s 5G services will go live in Delhi, Varanasi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru, among eight other cities, according to Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman of the firm. Aditya Birla Group chairman KM Birla spoke on behalf of Vodafone Idea and presented a roadmap for the company’s 5G services without mentioning a timetable for rollout.
Regarding the launch of 5G services, Lt. Gen. Dr S P Kochhar, DG, Cellular Operators Association of India said,
“We are honoured and thankful to our Honorable Prime Minister for launching first 5G services at IMC 2022. We are excited about the long-awaited 5G launch in India. Telecom operators are geared up to provide the high-speed services that are poised to transform consumer experience.
5G will open new avenues for each sector from manufacturing, healthcare, and augmented entertainment to even smart city projects by integrating with new-age technologies like IoT, M2M learning, drones, AI, and big data analytics.”