The telecommunications minister hinted that India would continue to set a benchmark in terms of cheap prices when 5G services are launched. India will walk shoulder to shoulder with global players in 5G deployment and aim to lead the world in 6G Vaishnaw deployment. Earlier this week, the Union Cabinet gave its go-ahead to hold 5G spectrum auctions at the end of July this year.
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Telecommunications Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Saturday (June 18) that 5G services will be rolled out in 20-25 cities and towns across the country by the end of the year.
Addressing an event organized by a media channel, the minister added that the 5G rollout would start from August to September.
In response to a question about pricing, Vaishnaw noted that data rates in the country stood at $2 against the world average of $25. He hinted that the country would continue to set a benchmark in terms of cheap prices when 5G services are launched.
“We are already the lowest in the world, at least by a factor of 10… We are 10X cheaper than the world and that same trend will be seen in other areas as well,” Vaishnaw said.
The telecommunications minister also touted the indigenous 5G technology stacks developed in the country.
The world has shown great interest in Indian technology I have spoken with my counterparts around the world who have conveyed to me that once India’s indigenous 5G networks are ready for deployment, they will be given preference over others, Vaishnaw said.
Describing the ministry resolution, the telecommunications minister said that India will walk shoulder to shoulder with global players in 5G services & aim to lead the world in 6G deployment.
The statement comes amid tumultuous developments at the Telecommunications Ministry. Earlier this week, the Union Cabinet gave its go-ahead to hold 5G spectrum auctions at the end of July this year. The government will auction around 72 GHz of spectrum for a period of 20 years.
Earlier, Vaishnaw also said that the country’s indigenous 5G stack would also be ready around September-October 2022. In May, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the country’s first 5G testbed to allow startups to test and validate their products locally.
It is pertinent to note that 5G technology will provide higher speed, lower latency and higher capacity than 4G LTE networks. The fifth generation of telecommunications networks promises speeds of up to 600 Mbps. High-speed data is likely to drive new-age technologies and commercial offerings in new domains such as Web3.0, Internet of Things Iot, intelligence artificial, among others.
The technology is expected to be a game changer for a host of industries, from the Metaverse to drones.