BSNL is working on 5G network the try to first provide 5G network in India
It’s been nearly a decade in the making, but 5G is finally becoming a reality. Carriers started rolling out fixed 5G to select cities a few years ago, and mobile 5G has already made appearances in cities around the country, with a much more comprehensive rollout expected this year.
That said, it seems like there are more questions about 5G than there are answers. Some people are wondering what 5G is, and if they’ll ever see it in their city, while others are more interested in 5G smartphones. And of course, there is the debate about which carrier will have the best 5G service. Super-fast phones. Self-driving cars. Smarter homes. Streaming movies, music, and games with zero lag. These are just some of the technologies we can expect to see in our lives, beginning in 2019, and tying them all is a next-generation cellular network known as 5G. As with 4G and 3G before it, 5G will deliver faster speeds, but that’s just one part of the story. 5G will allow our devices and services — the Internet of Things, or IoT — to interconnect seamlessly. Things that seem complex to operate, like autonomous cars or drones, will become achievable. Here’s everything you need to know about your next wireless network.
Where do TRAI & DoT stand on 5G deployment?
TRAI released the white paper on ‘Enabling 5G in India’ where it “envisaged to deploy 5G in India by 2020 along with the rest of the world”. The paper is quite comprehensive and covers everything from potential use cases, required investment by telcos, the architecture of 5G network, policies and framework, and the challenges that the industry will face in implementing this new technology.
Where do telecom operators in India stand on 5G deployment in India?
We talk about 5G and how ready Indian operators are, let take a look at the industry and how the entrance of Jio has affected the industry as a whole. Jio’s blitzkrieg of launch offers and dirt-cheap tariffs pushed other telcos in the industry to adopt lower rates or be a witness of Jio’s annihilation. Not only did the industry witness a drop in ARPU (average revenue per user), the industry itself consolidated.
India has 3 major telcos operating- Jio, Airtel and Vodafone-Idea. While Jio could afford neck-deep actions due to its cash-rich parent company, Airtel and Vodafone-Idea couldn’t handle the drop in pricing so well. Three years after, Airtel and Vodafone-Idea have been bled dry and they have time only till January to pay up thousands of crores in additional statutory dues. Both Airtel and Vodafone-Idea have posted their biggest ever quarterly loss in Q2 2019. While Airtel lost INR 23,044 crores, Vodafone-Idea trumpeted an unprecedented blow of INR 50,921 crores.
With such massive losses that threaten the very existence of companies in the longer run, thinking about capital-intensive investments for 5G deployment is something that seems futile. To understand this better, let’s take a deeper dive into where each of these three major telcos stands in terms of 5G deployment.