According to news agency PTI, along with the announcement of the launch of Airtel 5G service this month, Gopal Vittal, Managing Director and CEO of Bharti Airtel also said that the price of mobile service in India is very low and needs to be increased. Vittal said, “We intend to launch 5G from August and very soon want to roll out across India. By March 2024 we are confident that we will be able to cover every city and major rural areas with 5G “
“In fact, India has fully implemented wide network rollout plans for 5,000 cities. This will be one of the biggest rollouts in our history,” Vittal said during the company’s earnings call.
Bharti Airtel acquired 19,867.8 MHz frequency by acquiring pan India footprint of 3.5GHz and 26GHz bands in the recently held spectrum auction and spent Rs 43,040 crore for procuring radiowaves in low and mid-band spectrum.
Vittal says the network deployment in the 700 MHz band does not provide any additional coverage compared to the 900 MHz band available with the company. He also pointed out that non-standalone (NSA) 5G networks have more benefits than standalone 5G networks, as there are wider coverage and more devices available to access the network.
As we mentioned, Airtel is already partnering with Ericsson and Nokia for 5G connectivity and managing its services across the country, while the partnership with Samsung will start from this year. This 5G partnership took place soon after the spectrum auction in the country, in which Airtel bid and bagged 19867.8 MHz spectrum in 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 3300 MHz and 26 GHz frequencies.
The partnership will help Airtel roll out 5G services with ultra-high-speed, low latency and large data handling capabilities. Speaking about the agreement, Borje Ekholm, President and CEO, Ericsson said, “We look forward to supporting Airtel with the launch of 5G service in India. We will help Airtel deliver the full benefits of 5G to Indian consumers and enterprises. 5G will enable India to realize its Digital India vision and boost the country’s development.