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5G deployment in 25 cities by end of 2022, prices will be lower than global average: Govt

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  • Union minister Vaishnaw observed that India’s internet data rates are much cheaper compared to other countries.
  • The minister assured that India has more stringent norms on EMF radiation from 5G towers.
  • The minister did not clarify which other cities will get 5G later this year.

Telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnav on Saturday said 5G deployment will commence in 20-25 cities and towns by the year-end, and indicated that India, with its current data prices significantly lower than the global average, will continue to set rate benchmarks as new services are rolled out. The 5G deployment will start in August-September, Vaishnaw said. The minister said India is developing 4G and 5G stacks and is set to bolster its position as a trusted source for the world, in digital networks. Speaking at a television program, Vaishnaw said nations are keen to give preference to 4G and 5G products and technologies being developed by India.

Telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnav on Saturday said 5G deployment will commence in 20-25 cities

India’s federal telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said 5G deployment will begin in the country from August to September this year.

“In 2022, we are going to start the deployment of 5G from August to September. But what is more important is at the same time complete 4G and 5G technology stacks have been developed in the country and tested for a billion calls simultaneously,” Vaishnaw said.

The minister was talking at a summit organized by a local television news channel on Saturday.

Vaishnaw said by the end of this year, at least the service will be rolled out in 20-25 cities and towns.

The minister indicated that India, with its current data prices significantly lower than the global average, will continue to set rate benchmarks as new services are rolled out.

The minister did not clarify which other cities will get 5G later this year.

“As far as pricing is concerned, globally on an average data rates are priced 25 U.S. dollars in the telecom sector. In India, the rate is around 2 U.S. dollars. We are already the lowest in the world, at least by a factor of 10X (10 times we are cheaper than the world), that the same trend will be in other areas too,” he said.

The government has confirmed that spectrum totaling 72GHz will be auctioned across several frequency bands, including 600 MHz, 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz, 3300 MHz, and 26 GHz. 13 cities that include Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Gandhinagar, Gurugram, Jamnagar, Hyderabad, Pune, Lucknow, Mumbai, and Kolkata are said to receive the 5G connectivity tech in the initial rollout phase.

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