How 5G services are rolling out
Vaishnav’s announcement comes amid a phased rollout of 5G services in India — which is currently in the early stages of deployment. Currently private telecom operators Reliance Jio And Bharti Airtel Services are being provided in a phased manner in the country. While Jio has launched its 5G services in Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi and Kolkata, Airtel has so far rolled out its 5G services in eight cities namely Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Nagpur, Siliguri and Varanasi.
Varanasi, among the initial list of 13 cities in India, was not shortlisted as one of the first cities to receive 5G connectivity. Furthermore, fellow private operator Vodafone Idea is yet to announce when its 5G rollout will begin.
So far, the central government has said that the roll-out of 5G services will be at prices that are in line with highly competitive tariffs for 4G in India. While Bharti Airtel offers a non-standalone (NSA) 5G network, Jio has opted to offer standalone (SA) 5G – known in some quarters as ‘true’ 5G. The new generation network will require telcos in India to significantly upgrade their networks – a capital intensive move to say the least.