5G will be available in India by 2022, according to the Department of Telecom (DoT). At first, services will be provided in 13 cities. Examine your address to check if you live in one of them.
HIGHLIGHTS In 2022, India will finally get 5G.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) confirmed the news in a press release.
In the beginning, 5G will be available in 13 cities across the country.
In India, 5G is planned to launch in 2022. This year, a slew of smartphone manufacturers debuted 5G devices in India. Consumers, on the other hand, will be unhappy if they buy a 5G phone but don’t have access to 5G services. That is set to change in 2022, when 5G will be available throughout the country. The announcement was made by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). 13 cities across the country will be the first to receive 5G service, with the rest to follow shortly after. Check out the press release from the Department of Telecom to see which 13 Indian cities will be the first to get 5G.
In 2022, these 13 cities will be the first in India to receive 5G services.
The Department of Communications (DoT) announced the 5G rollout in India in a press statement. According to the Department of Transportation, “the project, which will cost Rs 224 crore and be completed by December 31, 2021, will pave the way for end-to-end testing of 5G (/topic/5g) User Equipments (UEs) and network equipment by 5G (/topic/5g) stakeholders developing 5G (/topic/5g) products/services/use cases in the country, including indigenous start-ups, SMEs, Academia, and Industry.”
Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Gandhinagar, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Jamnagar, Kolkata, Chennai, Lucknow, Pune, Delhi, and Mumbai are among the 13 cities that will receive 5G services first in 2022, according to the statement. Though the Department of Transportation has not confirmed which telecom operator will be the first in the country to commercially launch 5G services, we can expect all three major telcos (Jio, Airtel, and Vi) to compete to be the first in the country. All three have already established their test sites in the aforementioned cities.
The Department of Transportation has also partnered with eight organisations on the Indigenous 5G Testbed project, which started in 2018 and is slated to be finished by December 31st. The Department of Transportation asked TRAI for advice on the reserve price, band plan, block size, quantum of spectrum to be auctioned, and auction conditions in various bands (526-698 MHZ, 700 MHZ, 800 MHZ, 900 MHZ, 1800 MHZ, 2100 MHZ, 2300 MHZ, 2500 MHZ, 3300-3670 MHZ, and 24.25-28.5 GHZ) for public and private use in September 2021.
That concludes the discussion. If you just purchased or plan to purchase a 5G phone, you may be able to enjoy high-speed 5G Internet services in India soon (at least if you are residing in the 13 cities which will get it first). However, how much a consumer will have to pay to use 5G in the country is yet unknown. After all, the cost of 4G prepaid recharge plans hasn’t decreased in recent months.