The telecom ministry has announced the auction of spectrum on 1 March 2021. 3.92 lakh crore rupees will be deposited in the central treasury through these auctions. However, this does not include the spectrum associated with ‘Five G’. According to the Department of Telecommunications, the ‘FiveG’ service is expected to be launched by the end of this year or early next year. Initially this service will be for some areas only. It took five to six years to expand the ‘Four G’ service in the country.
Reliance Jio has successfully tested the fiveG service in the US with the American company Qualcomm. According to Jio Chairman Matthew Oman, Qualcomm and Reliance’s subsidiary Redisys FiveG are working on the technology and the service will be launched soon. As announced by Jio and Qualcomm Reliance Jio The five GNR Solutions’ and ‘Qualcomm Five G RAN’ platforms are capable of achieving speeds of more than one Gbps. Currently, customers in the US, South Korea, Australia, Switzerland and Germany have a Gbps Internet speed.
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Mukesh Ambani, CEO of Reliance Industries, was expected to take a strategic decision on the Indian Mobile Congress 2020 to launch the FiveG service in the country. He called for steps to start ‘FiveG’ service to continue the digital journey of the country, as well as to provide service at cheaper rates. Ambani had also indicated that Jio would start fiveG service in the second half of the current year (July-December). He also mentioned that the technology has been developed in the country and the hardware is also Indian.
Start of service in these countries
The first five-G service was launched in South Korea, China and the United States. Although the ‘FiveG’ service has not yet been tested in India, the service has been launched in 68 countries around the world. The service has also been introduced in smaller countries such as Sri Lanka, Oman, Philippines and New Zealand.
‘FiveG’ service is faster than ‘Four G’. OpenSignal, which measures Internet service speed, recently released a report on FiveG Networks. According to him, the world’s fastest ‘Five G’ is running in Saudi Arabia. Five G Network has an average download speed of 377.2 Mbps. There, the download speed of ‘Four G’ is 30.1 Mbps, which is 12.5 times less than ‘Five G’. Reliance Jio has announced a Gbps speed on five G networks in India.