At the 6th edition of India Mobile Congress held on Saturday, October 1, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched 5G services in India. On the inauguration day of IMC 2022, Modi visited exhibitions of India’s leading telecom companies – Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodafone Idea – to understand how 5G will spur indigenous development as a part of the country’s digitization process . The leaders of the three telecom companies announced that 5G will be available in select cities from today.
Representing Reliance Jio, Mukesh Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Industries, announced that its 5G network will be available in a village near Varanasi and Ahmedabad from today. Bharti Airtel Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal said that the company’s 5G services will go live in eight other cities including Delhi, Varanasi, Mumbai and Bengaluru from today. Speaking on behalf of Vodafone Idea, Aditya Birla Group Chairman KM Birla laid out a roadmap for the company’s 5G services without specifying any rollout timeline.
Both Jio and Airtel had earlier said that India’s metropolitan cities would get 5G services by the end of the year, while a pan-India rollout is likely to end by 2023. The DoT has already identified the cities that will get 5G first. These cities include Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Gandhinagar, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Jamnagar, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Pune.
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And Sab Ka Digital is moving fast towards Saath and Sab Ka Digital development,” said Ambani. “Today, I express Jio’s commitment to bring 5G to every city, every taluka and every tehsil of our country by December 2023. I want to repeat Most of Jio’s 5G is developed in India, and hence Atmanirbhar is the seal of India.”
We are honored and grateful to our honorable Prime Minister for launching the first 5G services at IMC 2022. We are excited about the long awaited 5G launch in India. Telecom operators are all set to provide high-speed services that are set to transform the consumer experience. Integrating with new age technologies like 5G, IoT, M2M learning, drones, AI and Big Data analytics will open new avenues for every sector from manufacturing, healthcare and augmented entertainment to smart city projects,” Lt Gen Dr. Doctor. SP Kochhar, DG, Cellular Operators Association of India.
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