Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the 6th India Mobile Congress at Pragati Maidan in Delhi and launched the 5G internet services.
The three major telecom operators — Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodaphone-Idea — demonstrated one use case of the next generation of the internet to PM Modi. Reliance Jio chairman Akash Ambani gave a demo to PM Modi who wore AI-powered glasses. The PM was shown the blazing fast speed of the new generation of internet which is expected to revolutionize the world.
In the first phase of the 5G internet roll-out, 13 cities will get a new service. These are Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Gandhinagar, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Jamnagar, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Pune.
Today, four cities will get the internet. These are Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. In Delhi, some areas will receive 5G speeds.
The overall rollout of the internet will take several months.
It is expected that the prices of 5G internet tariffs would be comparable to the 4G network.
Reliance, Airtel, Vodaphone Idea and the Adani group were the four major bidders for the 5G spectrum auction. They had bid Rs 1.50 lakh crore for the spectrum.
Reliance Jio claims India would be the fastest country to adopt the 5G internet. They claim to extend 5G coverage across the country by 2023.
Airtel intends to provide full coverage by 2024.
It is expected that the 5G internet will be 10 times faster than 4G internet.