India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2022 has been started by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 1 October i.e. today. On this occasion 5G was also launched in the country. Sunil Bharti Mittal of Airtel said on this occasion, “When you (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) start 5G service today, then after that Airtel’s 5G service will start in eight cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, Bangalore.” He said that Airtel is the oldest telecom operator in the country and today the company is launching its 5G services in 8 cities of India. Airtel has set a target of bringing 5G to most of India by 2023 and by 2024 the company is talking about covering the whole of India.
Airtel Chief Technology Officer Randeep Singh Shekhon said that separate rates will not be applicable for Airtel 5G service. That is, 5G services will be provided only at the existing rates of 4G. After some time the company will come up with separate plans for 5G. Singh said that the company is also going to start 5G services in Chennai, Hyderabad and Siliguri.
He further said that the company is fully prepared to implement 5G. The company also has its backend infrastructure ready. For 5G, the company will install some new equipment on the existing mobile towers, only after which these services will be able to reach the users. It has also been said that it will take some time. Soon after the auction was over, the company had placed orders for 5G Gear with Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung. The company recently acquired 19,867.8 MHz of spectrum in 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 3300 MHz and 26 GHz bands.