InvestorQ : When is Bharti Airtel likely to roll out its 5G plans officially?
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When is Bharti Airtel likely to roll out its 5G plans officially?

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Bharti Airtel, India’s second largest telecom company, plans to start rolling out 5G services across all towns and some of the major rural areas from August 2022 onwards. Bharti Airtel plans to complete its all-India rollout by March 2024. This is expected to enhance the quality of voice and data quality by Bharti Airtel in a substantive manner. It is not clear how the company plans to price its 5G services but considering the substantial sums paid for the spectrum at the latest auctions, it is likely 5G will have to be priced at a premium.

Gopal Vittal, the CEO of Bharti Airtel, has specifically mentioned that telecom tariffs needed to go up in line with the technology upgradations. This is despite the fact that Airtel has seen a sharp spike in the average realizations per user (ARPU). Gopal Vittal even confirmed that this would be the biggest telecom rollout by Bharti ever in its entire history. It may be recollected that in the recent spectrum auctions, Bharti Airtel had acquired 19,867.8 MHz frequencies across 3.5 GHz and 26 GHz bands for a total pay-out of Rs43,040 crore.

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