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Last month, major telecom network providers including Airtel, Vodafone and Jio announced that they would be rolling out 5G in the coming months. Now the telecom giant has announced that 5G will be launched within a month.
With a plan to cover all major metro cities by the end of the year, the network provider said that 5G will be available in all urban areas of the country by the end of 2023. The company also said that 5G will be available in cities and towns. key rural areas by March 2024.
Airtel also announced that anyone who has upgraded their SIM to 4G will not need to upgrade their SIM cards as it already supports 5G. Those interested in knowing if and when their area will get 5G can check on the Airtel Thanks app to see if their city and phone is 5G ready. Keep in mind that the feature won’t launch until 5G is launched.
During the 5G spectrum bidding process, Airtel spent Rs 43,084 crore and paid installments for the next four years, which comes to somewhere around Rs 8,312.4 crore. It is working with Nokia, Samsung and Ericsson to create 5G infrastructure in the country. It looks like Airtel will not install infrastructure from scratch and will not use non-standalone 5G, while Jio will go with stand-alone 5G which offers higher speed.
Reliance Jio, the biggest spender in the auction, also announced during its annual general meeting (AGM) that it will roll out 5G in major cities sometime in October this year.