India’s 5G rollout is expected to start very soon. Telecom companies in India confirmed they would launch fifth-generation 5G services there very soon after the 5G spectrum auction was over. In the upcoming days, Airtel and Reliance Jio are expected to reveal when 5G will launch. While we wait for more information, some fresh information regarding the Airtel 5G plans has surfaced in ahead of time of the rollout.
The auction for the 5G spectrum in India concluded on August 1, 2022. The auction will fetch the highest amount ever to the government of India at over Rs 1.5 trillion. Reliance Jio emerged as the top buyer in the airwaves auction, spending over Rs 88,000 crore, more than half the total budding amount.
Bharti Airtel stood a distant second by spending over Rs 43,000 crore. The other two bidders, Vodafone Idea (VIL) and Adani Data Networks (ADN) bid for selective spectrum.
It was previously predicted that 5G plans would cost more in India than 4G recharge plans. For Airtel customers, that might not be the case because the company plans to include 5G network on some of its current plans. The parent company’s vice-chairman, Akhil Gupta, stated (via) that the company intends to include 5G in its high – priced tariff plans to attract new customers to upgrade to the ultra-fast network.
Airtel 5G Plans
To help attract customers to sign up for its premium plans, which are currently only available in India, Airtel may include 5G services. According to Gupta, users are likely to upgrade to an even faster plan after using the high-speed data services. “In my opinion, 5G’s penetration will rise so quickly that it will become just another service option. Anyone with a 5G device will have access to 5G. They’ll use more, and their tariff plan will automatically increase. Higher revenues would result from this. There won’t likely be anything similar to a pure premium 5G, in my opinion. We could, at best, start offering 5G on a slightly higher-priced plans while leaving it up to the operating staff to decide what they want to do.
Gupta also predicts a rise in data consumption, which will result in higher revenue for telecoms companies. “Demand will continue to increase if you keep producing. The consumption will inevitably increase as more capacity and faster speeds are made available. It is natural for people to use more data when their internet connection is faster, said Gupta.
The senior Bharti executive gave no information about the exact launch date of Airtel 5G services in India. However, more information ahead of the rumoured September launch schedule should be available very soon.