5G networks in India are set to be rolled out by October 12, 2022. Union IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said that the installations are being set, and telecom operations are busy with the seamless rollout of 5G network services. The minister said the government would ensure that the 5G plans stay affordable for the people.
The 5G network services will be rolled out in a phased manner; in the first phase, 13 cities have been selected, it includes Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Gandhinagar, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Jamnagar, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, and Pune. They plan to enable 5G network services in most parts of the country, rural and urban, in the next 2 to 3 years.
The government also launched the “The Indian Telegraph Right of Way (Amendment) Rules, 2022” along with the launch of the 5G right of work (RoW) application Form on the GatiShakti Sanchar Portal.
The Indian Telegraph Right of Way (Amendment) Rules, 2022 will help the industry in the faster proliferation of digital infrastructure, deployment of small cells, aerial fiber, and street furniture.
Like other band plans, telcos will soon announce dedicated 5G tariff plans for users, and according to industry experts, customers may have to pay more to access the 5G network services on their devices. However, Telecom operators are nowadays tight-lipped, deliberating internally whether to opt for a substantial or a modest price hike for the end users, along with discussions on providing lucrative data bundling offers with smartphone makers when the 5G rollout takes a better shape, according to the sources.
However, the tariff plans will decrease as usage increases and more people embrace 5G networks, especially in Indian Metros cities, where the initial demand will come.