India goes up two ranks in the global ranking of mobile internet speed

After years of delay, Indian telecom operators launched 5G services in October last year and, since then, have been steadily rolling out the next-generation network for customers. While many countries worldwide are investing in technology, India’s pace of adoption has been impressive.

The country has over half a billion mobile broadband subscribers, making it the second-largest online market worldwide. However, its digital economy is fast growing and needs a highly efficient network that supports machine-to-machine communication.

India’s telecom sector is a huge investment area for the government and its private operators, with an ambitious digital transformation plan to make all public services digital by 2020. In addition, telecom is a significant source of revenue in the nation, accounting for nearly a quarter of GDP.

With the introduction of 5G, Indian companies can connect their networks to the internet with high speeds and low latency. This will allow them to connect machines to the cloud, increasing productivity and making their businesses more competitive.

However, 5G technology is still a relatively new phenomenon, and it will take some time before the benefits are fully felt. In the meantime, telecom providers have been focusing on field trials and working with equipment vendors to ensure their network is ready for the new technology.

Despite the slow adoption, 5G is here to stay in the long run, and experts say that the technology will likely significantly impact the country’s GDP. It will be crucial in boosting the growth of India’s digital economy.

Jio, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone Idea are all preparing to roll out the technology in India. Jio CEO Mukesh Ambani said that his company will have a national 5G network by December 2023, while Airtel chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal said his carrier aims to cover the entire country with the technology by March 2024.

Reliance Jio has significantly partnered with Ericsson and Nokia to supply its 5G standalone (SA) systems for its national rollout. The European vendor is delivering its radio access network (RAN) products, while the Swedish firm is supplying its E-band microwave technology to support the backhaul part of the system.

According to analysts, affordable 5G-compatible smartphones and attractive pricing could boost its adoption in India. 5G phones are a few times more expensive than non-standalone devices, but their prices are expected to decrease.

Analysts also believe that Indian telecom carriers will compete on price for 5G services, especially with Reliance Jio putting its entire budget into the technology. This will help the telcos attract users who may otherwise opt for cheaper alternatives.

As the country prepares to roll out the next generation of networks, there is a lot to expect from these telcos regarding performance and quality. Therefore, the government is taking steps to ensure that the infrastructure required to run the networks is built quickly. This has helped reduce problems getting RoW permissions from state governments to lay fiber and set up infrastructural systems. This has been instrumental in enabling faster rollouts and higher performance of 5G services.

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