Will PM Modi launch 5g services in India on October 1?


By IANS IST (Released)

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Taking India’s digital transformation and connectivity to new heights, Hon’ble PM, @narendramodi, will roll out 5G services in India; at the Indian Mobile Congress; Asia’s largest tech expo, according to the National Broadband Mission.

The Communications Ministry’s National Broadband Mission (NBM) tweeted on Saturday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will roll out 5G services in India on October 1, as the India Mobile Congress (IMC) kicks off on the same day.

However, the tweet disappeared in no time from the NBM handle on the microblogging platform.

“Taking India’s digital transformation and connectivity to new heights, Hon’ble PM, @narendramodi, will deploy 5G services in India; at India Mobile Congress; Asia’s largest tech expo,” reads the capture. screenshot of the tweet.

According to industry sources, the country may not yet be ready to roll out 5G services from October 1 and may need a few more days for the new technology to be in place.

During his Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort, the Prime Minister said that 5G services will soon be launched in India.

Jointly organized by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), the sixth edition of the India Mobile Congress (IMC) will take place at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, from October 1-4.

Last month, IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said the government expects 5G services to be rolled out in the country by October 12 and the Center will ensure prices are affordable for consumers.

Vaishnaw said installations are underway and telecom operations are busy with the seamless rollout of 5G services.

The government will ensure that 5G plans remain affordable to the public, the minister said.

5G services would be rolled out gradually and in the first phase, 13 cities are likely to get 5G internet services.

The cities are Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Gandhinagar, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Jamnagar, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Pune.

Just like 3G and 4G, telcos will soon announce dedicated 5G price plans and, according to industry experts, consumers may pay more to access 5G services on their devices.

An immediate price war with the launch of 5G is unlikely, but it “will be competitive as India continues to be a price-conscious market”.


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