The 5G spectrum auctions in India have already concluded. The record offer of 1.5 lakh crores brought the auction to a close. Major Indian telecom carriers Jio, Airtel, Vi (Vodafone-Idea), and a newcomer, Adani Data Network, were the main contestants in the auction.
Jio is in first place with an offer of 88,000 crores. With 43,000 crores, Airtel is second, followed by Vi (18,899 crores), and Adani Data Network is last.
Can we anticipate better 5G from Jio given that it spent the most during the bidding process, nearly twice as much as Airtel 5G? And when will Jio introduce 5G in India? In this article, let’s answer each of these queries.
When will Jio Launch 5G in India?
Reliance Jio announced its 5G service on August 29, 2022. The 45th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Reliance Industries (RIL) was held on August 29, 2022. Reliance Jio unveiled its Jio True 5G 5G services at the Annual General Meeting.
On October 1st, Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced 5G services in India during the India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2022. Mukesh Ambani, the chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries Ltd., attended the occasion as well.
By December 2023, Jio, according to him, would offer 5G services at reasonable prices across the nation. By Diwali 2022, 5G services would be available in 4 cities (Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, and Mumbai).
In a number of cities, Jio will roll out 5G services built on a standalone (SA) architecture. The implementation will start on October 24, 2022, which is Diwali. The telecom operator added that by December 2023, 5G will be available in every Indian municipality.
The initial rollout will only be available in urban areas where Jio will conduct 5G pilot testing. Jio will roll out 5G to other Indian cities over the course of two to three months. By the end of this year, Jio 5G should be available in India’s tier-2 and tier-3 cities.
My Jio app could have a checkbox to see the 5G network coverage whenever Jio 5G launches. Users will be able to use this to check whether the 5G network is accessible in their location.
In collaboration with Google, Jio will introduce a very inexpensive 5G phone whenever the nation’s 5G network coverage increases.
What are the 5G bands bought by Jio?
Of all the participating telecom companies, Jio placed the highest offer at India’s 5G spectrum auctions. Jio spent 88,078 crores in total on the bid. The most broad spectrum is available in India through Jio.
Regarding the 5G airwaves, Jio has acquired 5G bands across all well-known frequencies. Jio will support mmWave frequencies at 26 GHz as well as low-band frequencies like 700 MHz (n28), 800 MHz (n5), medium-band frequencies like 1800 MHz (n3), and 3300 MHz (n78) (n258).
Jio has made it clear that it would provide 5G connection across the nation. Jio will carry out this using the reasonably priced 700 MHz sub-GHz frequency spectrum. In addition, Jio intends to roll out the premium mmWave 26 GHz spectrum to all 22 Indian circles.
Which Cities Will Jio 5G be launched first in?
Jio intends to introduce 5G by Diwali 2022 in India. Metropolitan cities will be the first to receive this deployment. Later, Jio will extend it to several tier-2 and tier-3 cities. The most recent news is that Jio would initially launch its 5G services in 4 cities. Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai are among them.
In the second phase, the 5G network may also be available in other major cities including Hyderabad, Jamnagar, Chandigarh, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Gurugram, Lucknow, and Pune. It should be mentioned that Jio could launch a 5G network in a few locations throughout these cities. Therefore, not every resident of these cities may use 5G services.
Do you need a new SIM Card to use Jio 5G?
To use the 5G network, you most likely require a fresh Jio 5G SIM card. Jio has created a standalone 5G, or a brand-new 5G infrastructure. Since “Standalone 5G” is independent of the current 4G network, using a 4G SIM card to access 5G services will no longer be an option. Compared to the NSA 5G network of the rival, the Jio Standalone 5G network will offer services that are more affordable, quicker, more powerful.
In order to convert your current 4G SIM to a 5G SIM, you will probably need to go to the closest customer care office or retail location. Additionally, there may be an SMS feature that allows customers to update their 4G SIMs to enable 5G by sending an SMS from their currently active 4G SIMs. The telecom provider could introduce a special website for its 4G to 5G SIM upgrading service.
Jio has not yet made any announcements regarding a 5G SIM card. We’ll let you know if Jio ever makes any statements in the future. So make sure to keep an eye on this place for any developments.
What Download/Upload Speeds will we get with Jio 5G?
Jio has thus far tested 5G in 8 different cities. According to a recent study from 91Mobiles, Jio in Mumbai has attained 8x quicker speed than 4G. The tests revealed upload and download speeds of up to 412Mbps and 420Mbps, respectively. We don’t have any information on 5G bands that use mmWave or mid-band (sub-6GHz). Jio will undoubtedly also deliver higher frequency bands, which would provide faster speeds than sub-GHz bands.
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What will be the Price of Jio 5G Plans?
In India, Jio 4G plans start at Rs 239/month and include 100 SMS, unlimited voice calls, and 1.5GB of 4G internet each day. Jio 5G plans will be substantially more expensive, as you might anticipate. This might not be the case, though, if Jio launches 5G at a price that is competitive. If so, we may anticipate that Jio 5G plans would begin at about Rs 400–500 per month. Jio may also maintain fair pricing for the 5G bands with increased frequency.
Mukesh Amban stated during India Mobile Congress 2022 that Jio will provide the finest quality services at the most competitive prices available anywhere in the globe. Consequently, 5G won’t cost a lot to use.