New Delhi: The government on Thursday said it expects to roll out 5G services in the country by October 12, and the center will ensure that prices are affordable for consumers.
Union Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnau said installations are underway and communications operations are busy smoothly Introducing 5G services.
The minister said the government will ensure that 5G plans remain accessible to the public.
The government has also introduced the “Right of Way Rules for the Indian Telegraph (Amendment), 2022” along with the launch of the 5G Right to Work (RoW) application form on the GatiShakti Sanchar portal.
The Indian Telegraph Right of Way (Amendment) Rules 2022 will help the industry in the rapid proliferation of digital infrastructure and the deployment of small cells, aerial fibers and street furniture.
There is provision for small cells, electric poles, access to street furniture, etc. for easy and seamless deployment of 5G networks.
5G services will be rolled out in phases, and during the first phase, 13 cities will get 5G internet services.
The cities are Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Gandhinagar, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Jamnagar, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Pune.
Just like 3G and 4G, carriers will soon announce dedicated tariff plans for 5G and according to industry experts, consumers may pay more to access 5G services on their devices.
Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodafone Idea are currently hawkish, deliberating internally about choosing a significant or modest price increase for end users, along with discussions about offering lucrative data package offers with smartphone makers when a 5G rollout requires a better format, sources say. .
However, tariff plans will decrease as usage increases, and more people are adopting private 5G networks in the metros where the initial demand will come.
An immediate tariff war is unlikely with the 5G launch, but it “will be competitive as India continues to be a price-conscious market”.
A recent report by Nomura Global Markets Research estimated that telecom service providers will have two options – either a modest 4 percent increase in additional tariffs on the overall subscriber base or a 30 percent premium on 1.5GB per day of 4G plans.
“Historically, Indian telecoms have refrained from charging a premium on 4G plans (versus 2G/3G data plans). With the potential for higher supply speed and potential initial uptake from premium customers (smartphones over Rs 15,000), there is potential for telecoms “5G tariff plans will be a major monitorable component in the near term, and 5G premium (versus 4G) may provide the next phase of ARPU rise for carriers,” Nomura said in its report.
Another report by Goldman Sachs Equity Research stated that the introduction of 5G did not result in a “significant increase in capital expenditures for telecom operators globally, and a similar trend is expected in India”.
Airtel CTO Randeep Sikhon recently said in reports that globally, there is not much difference between 5G and 4G tariffs.
“We expect India’s 5G plans to be similar to 4G tariffs,” he said.