India will soon get its commercial 5G services, sending consumers to the next generation of wireless communication. According to Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, the telecom operators are preparing for the launch as early as October. Meanwhile, all leading telecom companies, Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone Idea (Vi), have reached the last stage of the 5G rollout. But since formal announcements are still pending, you may have many questions about the 5G rollout. For instance, “Will my area get 5G connectivity?” Also Read - MediaTek’s T800 chipset launched, will bring ultrafast 5G to more devices: All you need to know
While the government has set an aim to provide 5G services to every nook and corner of the country, it will take a lot of time for the full deployment. But, on the bright side, some locations have already been earmarked where 5G will be available first. The Department of Telecom provided a list of cities that Jio, Airtel, and Vi are likely to equip with 5G services before anywhere else. During the spectrum auction that concluded last month, telecom companies bought more spectrum for certain telecom circles, which include the said cities. Also Read - Jio True 5G launched in two more cities, users get unlimited free 1Gbps data
If the government’s plan goes well, these are the cities where 5G will be available first: Also Read - Airtel 5G Plus at Bengaluru airport launched today, after Delhi airport
If you live in any of these cities, you are likely to hear 5G-related announcements from your telecom operator in the coming days. The latest development pertaining to that would be the service message that Vi is sending to its customers in the Delhi-NCR circle. The telecom company, which bought fewer airwaves than Jio and Airtel, urged its customers to upgrade to a 5G SIM card soon. But the message, as read by BGR India, was short on details on the process to procure one.
Jio and Airtel, on the other hand, have confirmed they are ready to roll out 5G services. While Airtel announced the services will start rolling out in August, Jio may make a major announcement at the upcoming annual general meeting on August 29.