India’s telecom leader Jio seeks to become the largest 5G network in the world in 2023. The company wants to stand out across the world states with affordable services for its customers.
Speaking to the PTI at the Mobile World Congress, Reliance Jio President Mathew Oommen said India needs inclusive growth and Jio will continue to support it.
“Jio will be the largest 5G SA (standalone) only network operator in the world in the second half of 2023, ensuring that all advanced services and capabilities are available affordably to the masses,” Oommen said. He also said that India needs inclusive growth and Jio will remain a supporting hand.
While responding to questions, he also talked about Jio’s 5G rollout plan and Bharti Aritel’s move to increase data and voice tariffs. Jio has stressed a wider 5G SA rollout while Airtel is more focused on deploying a 5G NSA (Non-standalone) network which provides slightly upgraded services compared to its predecessor 4G.
Bharti Airtel Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal recently said that service costs are likely to go up this year as revenue generation is very low.
Reliance Jio to become the largest 5G network in the world
The company has announced that it will deploy its 5G network across 20 cities in 11 states. So far, the company’s 5G broadband is available in 304 cities in India. The company’s spokesperson said that the high-speed low-latency network will bring benefits to tourism, trade, and education.
Indian telcos started 5G services in October 2022 after a record-breaking bid that generated INR 1501.73 billion selling 51,236 MHz worth of frequencies. Battling to lead the 5G race, Jio and Airtel both aim to upgrade 150 million mobile phone users to 5G.
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GSMA predicts that the global 5G users will rise to 1.5 billion by the end of 2023.