5G services in India

5G telephony service was rolled out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 6th Edition of India Mobile Congress 2022 organized at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.

Key facts

  • The 5G services in India will be launched in a phased manner.
  • Initially, it will be launched in 13 cities across India. These include Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Pune, Jamnagar and Gurugram.
  • Important metro cities like Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata will be first to receive the 5G service. Reliance Jio is planning the rollout by Diwali.
  • The rest of the country will receive the next generation network by December 2023.

What is 5G?

The 5th generation mobile network (5G) is a global wireless standard that provides 10 times faster internet speed than 4G network. It provides a maximum data speed of 20 Gbps per second or more than 100Mbps per second. This ensures high data rate, reliable communication and low latency (minimum delay). It will help connect billions of IoT devices, improve the quality of streaming and improve important services such as telesurgery and autonomous cars. It will enable real-time monitoring of disasters, improve precision agriculture, automate hazardous industrial operations like offshore and deep mining.

About India Mobile Congress 2022

India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2022 is being held from October 1 to 4 this year. It is organized with the theme “New digital Universe”. Inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi, this event brings together government, experts and major technology, media and entertainment, and telecommunications (TMT) companies. It is a major networking event in India’s technology sector. The event acts as the largest TMT forum in Asia. It is jointly organized by the Indian Government’s Telecom Department and the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI). During the event, unique and new opportunities will be showcased for the speedy adoption and spread of digital technology.

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