Indian telecom operator Reliance Jio launched 5G internet service in five cities in Karnataka on Tuesday. The telecom giant also announced that this would benefit its user base outside the capital Karnataka.
On Tuesday, Jio launched 5G services in 50 cities across India’s 17 states and federal territories. In Karnataka, Jio users in Bagalkote, Chikkamagaluru, Haasan, Mandya and Tumakuru can use the 5G network at no additional cost, Jio said in the announcement. As a result, SK Telecom has expanded its 5G Internet service to 184 cities across the country. Previously, Jio launched a 5G network in Mysuru as a part of New Year gift to the people of Karnataka’s cultural capital.
Last October, Reliance Jio officially announced the launch of its True 5G-based public Wi-Fi service in India. Jio Chairman Akash Ambani said the benefits of the new Jio True 5G public Wi-Fi service will be available in public areas in select cities across the country.
The company launched 5G connections in Bengaluru and Hyderabad in November, weeks after launches in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Varanasi and Natdwara.
In July, Bengaluru’s Namma Metro became India’s first metro to test a 5G network at one of its stations. Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) announced that it has tested a 5G network under a pilot project by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to achieve faster internet speeds.