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PM Modi announced 5G Services to be launched In India On October 1

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will announce the 5G service in India on October 1 at the Indian Mobile Congress, a month after a Union minister asked all telecom service providers to prepare for the launch of the service.

Next month, the Prime Minister will launch a four-day conference where leading telecom service providers including Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone Idea will outline their 5G plans for the nation.

According to the source, “5G services will be launched in India at the Indian Mobile Congress on October 1.”

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and the Association of Mobile Operators of India are jointly organizing the India Mobile Congress (IMC), one of the premier telecom, media, and technology events in Asia (COAI).

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The announcement comes about a month after Reliance Industries Ltd. announced that it will invest Rs 2 lakh crore to build out its 5G services in key cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata by Diwali and across India by December next year.

“Over the next two months from Diwali, we will launch Jio 5G in several key cities, including metros Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai. By December 2023, which is less than 18 months from today, we will deliver Jio 5G to every city, every taluka, and every tehsil of our country,” Ambani told shareholders on August 29 at the company’s annual general meeting.

By March 2024, Bharti Airtel, a competitor of Reliance, aims to roll out its 5G services in 5,000 cities and towns.

“We should have coverage in key metros by December. After that, we will expand rapidly to cover the entire country,” the second largest telecom operator’s CEO Gopal Vittal said earlier this month after that the company will scale up rapidly to serve the entire country.

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Although Vodafone Idea bought spectrum in 17 circles across the country during the auction month, it has not yet made any announcement about its plans for 5G services.

The government radio auction saw Ambani’s Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd emerging as the biggest buyer, spending Rs. 88,078 crores, more than double that of second-placed Bharti Airtel Ltd.

By selling 51,236 MHz of spectrum in a weekly auction, Ambani’s acquisitions helped the government earn a record Rs 1.5 lakh crore.

Wireless operators bought 71 percent of available airwaves in the 72,098 MHz band, including the 5G spectrum, with spectrum sales in the 3.3 GHz band generating the highest revenue of 80,590 million crowns.

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A total of 39,270 million, 14,709 million, and 10,376 million were generated by the sale of airwaves in the 700 MHz, 26 GHz, and 1800 MHz bands.

“We understand that the purchased spectrum is good enough to cover the entire country.

So there is good reason to believe that we will have very good 5G coverage across the country in the next two to three years,” Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said after the auction.

Vaishnaw expressed hope that the rollout of 5G networks would begin by October.

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