PM Modi launches 5G connectivity, initially to roll across 13 cities

The long waiting came to an end on Saturday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching the 5G services at the 6th Edition of India Mobile Congress 2022 event being organised at the Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The Mobile Congress is a one stop event for those who want to know the latest in mobile and telecom technology. Many players – Airtel, Reliance Jio, and Qualcomm are participating in the two-day long event.

It is worth noting that Delhiā€™s Indira Gandhi international airport is now 5G-ready. So, people will soon be able to experience faster speeds at the airport. Airtel, Jio and Vodafone Idea are expected to reveal 5G plans prices in the coming weeks.

The latest 5G network will not only offer faster internet speeds to users, but will also help offer support to the government in areas such as disaster management, agriculture, among others.

Reliance Industries’ Chairman, Mukesh Ambani, announced that Jio will ensure to offer “the highest quality and most affordable rates that anyone else has in the world.” The telecom operator is promising to offer 5G to each corner of India by December 2023. Its competitor, Airtel has announced that it will roll out 5G in 8 cities starting today. Vodafone Idea will also begin 5G roll out soon.

It is said to offer a maximum data transfer speed of up to 20Gbps per second or more than 100Mbps per second. Currently, we get up to 1Gbps speed in 4G.

The 5G facility will roll across 13 cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Pune, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad and Jamnagar. The government has already confirmed that users in India won’t be required to pay a lot for 5G plans and these will be launched at affordable prices.

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