5g Launch In India, Latest Update 2021

5G launch in India is highly-anticipated as the country waits for the fifth-generation network to bring faster-than-ever connectivity. All major network service providers Jio, Airtel, and Vi are continuously putting in their efforts to bring a network that can virtually connect everything together including machines, objects, and devices such as 5G smartphones. 5G connection will allow higher multi-Gbps speeds, lower latency, and more reliability compared to the previous-generation mobile networks.

Spectrum Auction 2021 was held in the very starting of March 2021. After lasting for two days and six bidding rounds in total. Reliance Jio emerged as the biggest bidder, with Rs. 57,122.65 crores for 488.35MHz spectrum, the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology said in a statement. Bharti Airtel, on the other hand, emerged as the second biggest bidder in the auction. It acquired 355.45MHz of airwaves at Rs. 18,698.75 crores. Vodafone Idea, that operates under the brand Vi, came last with 11.80MHz spectrum at Rs. 1,993.40 crores.

Airtel 5G and Jio 5G Duopoly is a strong possibility after spectrum auction 2021. The 4G spectrum auctions recently concluded for India. Jio & Airtel both are gearing up for the 5G deployment as early possible starting with the installation of 5G towers in 2 locations.5G launch is right around the corner, according to Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel. In December 2020, Mukesh Ambani, MD Reliance Jio said it would launch 5G by mid-2021, whereas Bharti Airtel in January said its network is 5G ready. Both the telcos will launch 5G as soon as the government brings the spectrum for auction.

Airtel and 5G Duopoly. Watch video

Ookla, the global network measuring service, in its ‘Ookla 5G Map‘ shows that both Airtel and Jio have set up 5G towers. Jio’s 5G test tower is located in Mumbai, whereas, Airtel’s test tower is located in Hyderabad. Both of  these towers are listed under the ‘Pre-Release’ category.

It is uncertain when the 5G spectrum auction will be held in India. As per the recent report, Minister of State for Communications Sanjay Dhotre told Lok Sabha. "Spectrum acquired through auction can be used to provide services using any technology including 5G."

Recent update about the 5G launch in India by the government. Watch video

If we have a closer look at the tariff rates of all major network service providers which are Airtel, Jio and Vi all tariff prices close to the same. Soon subscriber base  will come down to the operator who provides the best quality network to its users. This is already evident with Airtel outperforming Jio in the last two quarters.

Airtel gained 4.05 million wireless subscribers against Jio’s 0.47 million, while struggling Vi once again lost nearly 5.7 million users in December, according to latest subscriber data collated by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

We may soon see a price hike in Vi recharge plan, Airtel recharge plan and Jio recharge plan. Although, there is no confirmation from any of the network service providers regarding tariff plans hike.  

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