Vi 5G rollout to begin soon, no launch date, coverage schedules yet

Vodafone Idea, the country’s struggling third-largest telecom player, plans to begin the journey to roll out 5G services, matching rivals Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel, but the company has offered no specific timetable for launch or coverage. ultra-high-speed Internet services. . Aditya Birla Group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla on Saturday pledged the telecom operator’s commitment to take India on “the new rhythm of the country’s digital journey” during the inauguration of the India Mobile Congress 2022 and the launch of 5G services in the country by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“We will soon begin the rollout of 5G. We will leverage our strong presence in rural India, our enterprise customers, our technology partners and the global experience of the Vodafone Group to gradually roll out our network and services. 5G in the coming period,” Birla said. .

Unlike rivals Reliance Jio and Airtel which have set firm deadlines for the launch of 5G services, Vodafone Idea has not disclosed any timelines or rollout schedules.

Bharti Airtel’s 5G service will be available in eight cities from Saturday, its chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal said at the event. Mittal also said that Airtel would roll out 5G services in several cities across the country by March 2023 and across India by March 2024.

Reliance Jio, the country’s largest telecommunications company, will expand 5G phone services offering ultra-high-speed internet connectivity to all parts of the country by December 2023, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani said during the telecom mega event.

Financial pressure intensified on cash-strapped Vodafone Idea despite opting to convert around Rs 16,000 crore of interest payable to the government into equity.

Mobile tower giant Indus Towers has reportedly asked debt-ridden Vodafone Idea to settle arrears and pay on time each month for business continuity after November. According to sources, American Tower Corporation (ATC), which has 75,000 mobile towers in India, is also considering steps to secure its rights.

“We have 240 million people connected to our networks, 50% of them in rural India. Our networks have been constantly upgraded to be capable of a fast and smooth migration to 5G. After taking concrete steps for the development of the 5G ecosystem, the 5G use case for Indian businesses and consumers and acquiring the 5G spectrum through a well-designed auction, we will soon begin the journey. deployment of 5G,” said Birla.

He said the government’s critical policy interventions in telecommunications had boosted investor confidence and hoped the sector would continue to receive political support.

Group Chairman Aditya Birla has called 5G a “generational leap in technology”, which demonstrates India’s prowess on the global stage and reinforces the role of the telecom industry as the foundation of Digital India.

The telecommunications industry has been one of the country’s main growth engines, catapulting India into the top five economies in the world. It continues to play a transformative role touching all aspects of daily life and work, Birla said.

“Today we are ready to take a giant step into the future, driven by the reformist and futuristic policies of our Prime Minister, we are committed to the vision of building India’s digital infrastructure of tomorrow” , did he declare.

On Saturday, VIL also showcased a 5G use case and demonstrated how the technology can be leveraged to keep workers safe and efficient on critical construction sites.

With the launch of 5G networks, the telecom industry will further ignite the digital dreams of 1.3 billion Indians and several thousand businesses, Birla said.

“It will also set the stage for the country to become a $5 trillion (approximately Rs. 408 lakh crore) economy over the next few years with a contribution of $1 trillion (approximately Rs. 81 lakh crore) from the digital economy itself. 5G will increase services at scale and create impact in critical areas such as industries 4.0, automated manufacturing, creating connected factories, smart cities, smart homes, immersive games and other innovative solutions for businesses and consumers,” noted Birla.

The 5G era will also accelerate immersive education, remote health and smart agriculture to enable inclusive growth and prosperity in rural India.

The launch of 5G services marks the start of an exciting journey for India, he said, adding that as the ecosystem evolves, it will unlock the limitless potential for development and use cases of 5G in the coming years.

“The telecommunications industry will certainly play its part in bringing to life his (Prime Minister’s) vision for Atmanirbhar Bharat (Self-Governing India),” he said.

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