During the opening of the sixth India Mobile Congress (IMC), which began in New Delhi today and ends on October 4, Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi formally launched the country’s commercial 5G services.
22 cities, including Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Gandhinagar, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Jamnagar, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Pune, Siliguri, and Varanasi, would have the 5G network operational as of the initial phase of rollout.
Telecom companies Reliance Jio, Airtel, and Vi (Vodafone-Idea) will initially launch 5G services in India. If they have a 5G smartphone that is suitable, Airtel customers can already experience the 5G network in a few cities as of right now.
With a nationwide rollout anticipated for March 2024, Airtel’s 5G service is currently available in select locations of Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Siliguri, and Varanasi.
On the other side, Reliance Jio has promised to finish the pan-India 5G deployment by December 2023 and would offer 5G access to its subscribers by Diwali this year (October 24) in Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai.
While state-run BSNL will start offering 5G services on August 15 of next year, Vi has indicated its 5G deployment will start shortly but hasn’t said exactly when its 5G services will launch in the nation.
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