5G telecom services in India will be launched very soon and the government aim is to cover the whole country within 2 years, Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology said at an event on Sunday.
India is gearing up for the rollout of 5G services in October, the minister had previously said.
The government issued spectrum allocation letters to telecom service providers in mid-August, asking them to prepare for the rollout of 5G services.
With this spectrum allocation, India is in the final phase of rolling out super-fast 5G telecom services.
Reliance Jio has already announced that it will launch high-speed 5G telecom services through Diwali this year in multiple key cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. It then plans to expand its 5G network to every city, tehsil and talukas across the country by December 2023, which is nearly 18 months from now.
What is 5G and how does it differ from current 3G and 4G services?
5G is the fifth generation mobile network capable of transmitting a large amount of data at a very high speed.
Compared to 3G and 4G, 5G has very low latency, which will improve user experiences in various sectors. Low latency describes the efficiency to process a very high volume of data messages with minimal delay.
The rollout of 5G is also expected to lead to more development in remote data surveillance in industries such as mining, storage, telemedicine and manufacturing.
Who were the participants in the auction?
Reliance Jio, Adani Group, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea are the top four participants in the spectrum auction.
How much revenue has the government earned from the auction?
Department of Telecom received total bids worth Rs. 1.50 lakh crore from the recently closed auction. The proceeds from the auctions were initially estimated at Rs. 80,000-90,000 crore.
5G services are expected to be about 10 times faster than 4G.
Fast 5G telecom services are expected to be launched in several cities in the province by the end of the year 2022.
Adani Group enters the telecom sector:
This is the first time that the Gautam Adani-led Adani group, which recently entered the telecom sector, participated in the bidding process of the 5G telecom spectrum auction.