With this spectrum distribution completed, India has entered the final stage of deploying high-speed 5G telecom services. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi said during his Independence Day speech, India is now focusing on technologies like 5G, semiconductor manufacturing and fiber optic cables.
All eyes are now on the government on when the launch of 5G services will be announced. Union Minister of Communications, Electronics and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw said India is preparing to roll out 5G services by October 12.
“We are planning to launch 5G services quickly. Telecom operators are working towards this and installations are being made. We expect to launch 5G services by October 12th and then increase further in cities. Our expectations are that 5G should arrive.” to all parts of the country in the next two to three years,” he said.
Minister eases fears about cost of 5G services for users
The launch of 5G is expected to bring further development in remote monitoring of data in sectors such as mining, warehousing, telemedicine and manufacturing, among others. Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, VodafoneIdea and Adani Group were the four main participants in the spectrum auction.
Last week, the government issued spectrum allocation letters to telecom service providers, asking them to prepare for the rollout of 5G services in the country.
While 5G services are eagerly awaited, there is also some concern about what the cost of data will be. The minister allayed doubts on this front as well. “We’re going to make sure it stays affordable. The industry is focusing on both urban and rural areas,” he said.
5G is the fifth generation mobile network capable of transmitting a large set of data at a very fast speed. Compared to 3G and 4G, 5G has very low latency, which will improve user experience in various industries. Low latency describes the efficiency to process a very high volume of data messages with minimal delay.
The government has also introduced an amendment to the 2016 Indian Telegraph Right of Way (RoW) rules to facilitate faster and easier deployment of telecom infrastructure and has released a new 5G RoW application ‘form’ on the GatiShakti Sanchar Portal to enable a Fastest 5G roll -out in India.
IT systems of all states and union territories and key central infrastructure ministries such as Railways, Highways have been integrated into the portal to make India ready for 5G rollout. A total of 13 states and union territories have also implemented the approval clause considered in their RoW Policies, ensuring fast approvals. These measures have resulted in a large reduction in the average approval time for RoW orders, from 435 days in 2019 to 16 days in July 2022.