5G to Arrive in India This Year!
India’s Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Ashwini Vaishnav, claimed during a recent media summit about 4G and 5G technologies that 5G deployment in the country will begin in August or September following the spectrum auction next month.
The Minister also stated that 4G and 5G stacks are being created to boost its position in the global market, with the goal of being one of the world leaders in the area. During his conference, Vaishnav mentioned that other countries are prepared to give preference to made-in-India’s 5G products and technologies.
In terms of commercial 5G rollout in the country, Vaishnav stated that he is sure that 5G services will be available in up to 25 major cities and towns across India by the end of 2022. “I can confidently predict that 5G rollout will begin in at least 20-25 cities and towns before the end of the year,” he said. Furthermore, we recently witnessed the minister successfully make a 5G audio/video call. As a result, it is safe to believe that these are not false hopes.
But, it was noted that in cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, and Hyderabad, tower installations are problematic due to public opposition to mobile towers. Furthermore, India has the strictest Electromagnetic Field (EMF) radiation standard of any country. Nevertheless, the minister stated that these factors do not cause alarm in terms of the country’s 5G rollout.
When asked about price plans for 5G services in India, the IT Minister pointed out that the average data rate in India (about 0.75BD) is already far lower than the average cost of data in other countries, which is 9.42BD. This pattern is expected to continue with 5G services. “We are already the lowest in the world, at least by a factor of 10X…10X cheaper than the rest of the world, and that trend will continue in other areas,” Vaishnav continued.
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