Reliance Jio and Airtel will add around 3500 sites per week in their efforts to inflate 5G coverage. Both the operators seek to further increase 5G sites to 9-10 thousand per week combined in the next four months when the hardware becomes more readily available.
Jio plans to reach blanket coverage by December 2023 Airtel wants to do so by 2024.
“Jio is preparing to add 5,000 to 6,000 sites per week in 3-4 months as the company aims to cover the entire country by the end of next year,” the company has said. “Jio is committed to rolling out 5G services across the country by 2023. This will be the fastest deployment of 5G services anywhere in the world. We have already upgraded our infrastructure and core network and the radio network is being expeditiously rolled out,” a spokesman of the telco said.
Jio and Airtel are rapidly expanding their 5G sites
Bharti Airtel says that its expansion is going as per the plan. It is setting up over 1200 sites a week and seeks to ramp up further soon. Similarly, Jio is adding 2500 5G sites per week. It also adds two base stations on a site – one 700 MHz and another 3300 MHz.
Jio is setting up a Standalone 5G network and Airtel is implementing Nonstandalone architecture. Its 5G network will operate in 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, and 3300 MHz bands.
The mid-band (3300 MHz band) 5G network must be rolled out commercially in three metros by the end of 2022.
For the 700 MHz band, telcos must launch the network in 40% of the metros and non-metros, and 10% of the district headquarters must be provided with the network.
“5G rollout is going on schedule. In phase one, we aim to cover 200 cities by March 2023. By the end of 2023, almost every district in the country would have 5G coverage,” communications minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said.