The National Broadband Mission of the government tweeted on Saturday that the introduction of 5G services in India will take place at the India Mobile Congress at Pragati Maidan on October 1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host an event to launch the 5G services, according to the National Broadband Mission.
“Taking India’s digital transformation & connectivity to new heights, Hon’ble PM, @narendramodi, will roll out 5G services in India; at India Mobile Congress; Asia’s largest technology exhibition,” it said.
Ashwini Vaishnaw, India’s minister of electronics and information technology, had previously stated that the country is preparing for the October launch of 5G services. The services will be expanded following the inauguration, the Union minister added.
When speaking at a gathering last week, Ashwini Vaishnaw remarked, “The journey of 5G is going to be very exciting and noted that many countries took multiple years to reach 40 per cent to 50 per cent coverage. But we are targeting a very aggressive timeline and the Government has given a target of 80 per cent coverage in a short time frame and we should definitely cover at least 80 per cent in a very short timeframe.”
The Union minister had instructed operators to prepare for the launch of 5G services following the release of spectrum allocation letters in August. On Twitter, the telecom minister wrote: “Spectrum assignment letter issued. Requesting TSPs to prepare for 5G launch”.
Service providers including Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, Adani Data Networks, and Vodafone Idea have paid the DoT a total of about 17,876 crore for the spectrum they just acquired in an auction.
A record 1.5 lakh crore worth of bids were submitted for the nation’s largest-ever telecom spectrum auction, with Mukesh Ambani’s Jio winning nearly half of the airwaves sold with a bid of 87,946.93 crore.