When will 5G launch in India? Which company will be first in the race of 5G launch?
Recently, Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio have said about their 5G launch in India. As Jio have tested its 5G services in US, where as Airtel has test out its 5G services in India only using Dynamic Spectrum allocation, which allowed them to test their 5G on 1800Mhz band and make them achieve speeds up to 400Mbps.
As per recent news from the telecom industry, there are auctions for spectrum which are going to be held in March 2021, in which Jio buy buy spectrum near worth ₹20,000 Crore and Airtel may invest ₹10,000 – ₹15,000 crore in spectrum buying. Whereas, Vi (Vodafone Idea) may not buy any spectrum as, the company is already running in losses, and may not bear a big amount to buy the spectrum.
As per the recent Jio general meeting, Mr. Mukesh Ambani has said that his company will launch 5G in mid of 2021. Whereas from Airtel there is no commitment till now, will they launch it in 2021 or early 2022. Now, by doing 5G testing in India, Bharti Airtel holds first position in testing of 5G services. According to Airtel, the 5G revolution will be mainly considered for low latency and higher speeds, so that the files in Gigabit sized can be downloaded in few seconds.
According to Vi, they are having their systems 5G ready and named it as Vi Giganet. Vi is currently rolling out VoWiFi services across India, in a phase wise manner. Currently they are having Mi and OnePlus devices, which can only be used to avail there WiFi calling facility. Currently they are running its VoWiFi services in Maharashtra, Goa and Kolkata, with in total of 17 compatible devices.
Now, coming to 5G launch, its too early to even think of which company will take the opportunity to launch it on the early basis in India, as nearly all the companies have 5G ready infrastructure. It will be totally dependent upon the spectrum auction, which will be held in March 2021 and they will have to use current 4G spectrum to even launch there 5G services, as of current situation DOT (Department of Telecommunications) may not allot 5G spectrums in March 2021.
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