InvestorQ : When is the 5G telecom service of Airtel, Jio and Vodafone likely to be rolled out in India?
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When is the 5G telecom service of Airtel, Jio and Vodafone likely to be rolled out in India?

Dawn Cherian answered.
1 month ago

In fact, it was Airtel which was the first to roll out the 5G services in India over the weekend on a test basis across 8 cities, including the metros. The nationwide rollout for Bharti Airtel is expected to be completed by March 2024. Among the other players, Vodafone Idea promised to launch 5G services soon, but gave no firm dates. Reliance Jio, the leader of the telco pack, will officially launch 5G services from Diwali this year and will complete national rollout by December 2023. Jio will be front ending a lot of its growth once launched so it would be the first of the telcos to complete the rollout of 5G in India.

Bharti Airtel plans its big growth thrust by March 2023 and will cover pan India by March 2024. Vodafone Idea, the joint venture between Aditya Birla group and Vodafone PLC of UK, will focus more on the rural segment for its 5G services. Vodafone Idea has about 24 crore customers connected to their networks but interestingly about 50% of their customer base comes from rural India. Sunil Mittal and even stressed the importance of 5G services in accelerating immersive education, remote health and smart agriculture. All the leaders expect the launch of 5G to be value accretive to India’s $5 trillion GDP dreams.

Mittal emphasized that 5G quality of digital infrastructure would also support India’s dreams of becoming a manufacturing hub and taking business out of China and into India. Incidentally, Mittal was also full praise for the prime minister for his vision and he also had a word of praise for his biggest competitor, Reliance Jio. According to Mittal, Jio had literally forced players like Bharti to give their best and think out of the box. Mittal admitted that Bharti had given their very best in the last 5 years due to the very high standards set by Mukesh Ambani in the launch of Jio. Now the rollout performance needs to be watched.