The highly anticipated arrival of 5G services in India is bound to set a record for lightning speed connectivity. Major telecom operators like Airtel, Vi, and Jio have been working towards connecting with the virtual world. With a ton of expectations to look forward to, the 5G services in India may or may not roll out immediately, as per relevant sources.
The question seems to have uncertain answers- when will 5G launch in India? One of India’s major telecommunications companies Jio has announced the launch later this year, but Airtel states it may take another two to three years for the domestic telecom market to roll out 5G services. However, Jio will take the lead on the 5G network in the nation.
The spectrum scheduled for March of 2021 did not include the desired frequency band for 5G services. In recent discussions, 5G services will not require a separate SIM, and that the transition to 5G will be different from earlier generations of cellular networks. The wireless technology is expected to deliver higher multi-Gbps peak data speeds, ultra-low latencies, increased reliability, availability, and user experience for more people.
The fact that Jio will pioneer the 5G network revolution in India holds true, while the government is yet to announce the 5G spectrum sale in the country. Currently, the frequency bands are unavailable in India. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is hosting auctions soon this year, but the frequency may be inadequate and affect the impact of the rollout in the country, as per telecom operators.
Some of the astonishing features that make 5G service stand out and wanted is its ability to support a greater number of connected devices such as self-driving cars, gaming, remote surgeries, and other IoT devices. Undoubtedly, the 5G network is more reliable than the current networks in the nation.
As mentioned earlier, Jio 5G timelines have been announced, and the services could get a beta release in early 2021, followed by a commercial launch at Reliance Industries Annual General Meeting in the following year. As soon as the services roll out, the existing 4G users could get upgraded to 5G services. However, this would involve the upgrading of all the 4G towers spread across the country. This mammoth task could take months, or even years to complete. On the flip side, Jio could establish the 5G services in a phased manner, also checking demand for the advanced network capabilities.
Reliance Industries Limited Chairman Mukesh Ambani has stated that all the elements of 5G will be created in India. Jio 5G plans will have advanced capabilities in autonomous vehicles, drones, and healthcare services to empower India’s workforce and increase their efficiency. As a bonus, the chairman has also announced a partnership with Google to launch an entry-level Jio 5G smartphone in India, where Google and Jio will closely work together to develop a customised Android version for this innovation. So definitely, a Jio 5G smartphone is somewhere around the corner.
What about the security and vulnerability in terms of 5G service usage? Unquestionably, any service provider will have to protect their network at a massive scale, which may be prone to multiple cyber threats and attacks. There is a major requirement for a new edge paradigm, with advanced security, to safeguard service providers. Looking at a global scenario, 5G network deployment is scaling from trials to early commercialisation. In India, other network operators like Airtel and Vi have already partnered with vendors like Huawei, Sony Ericson, and Samsung for trials.
Beyond a shadow of a doubt, 5G is the next big thing in the country. While we still struggle with trials and challenges in bringing this dream to reality, 5G promises to be a catalyst to the digital revolution in India. Making every minute count, the country’s telecom operators are working tirelessly to bring 5G services sooner.