Airtel 5G rollout

Airtel May Offer 5G In Metro Cities First

February 9, 2021

Bharti Airtel, one of the most popular global telecommunications company, may roll out its 5G internet services soon in India, confirmed various news sources.

According to news reports, CEO of Bharti Airtel Gopal Vittal has confirmed that for 5G the existing core and radio equipment of the mobile broadband network need not be replaced.

This will help the company to save a lot of capex spends on deploying 5G.

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Vittal also said that in the short-term Airtel will be looking to rollout 5G in the metro or large cities of the country.

The decision to rollout 5G in the large cities was taken because the price of the 5G devices is very high presently and a large population of the country still operate 4G devices.

Industry analysts, however, have said that Reliance Jio can be at an advantageous position by rolling out 5G along with its low-cost 5G smartphone in association with Google.

Meanwhile, Vittal further informed that Bharti Airtel will not enter the device subsidy game as the company feels it is a value-destructive strategy.

It may be mentioned here that Airtel has already proved the claims made by Vittal for 5G and the company has tested its 5G network live in Hyderabad using the 1800 MHz spectrum.

After testing the company found that the network offered 10x more speed and latency compared to 4G.

During the test, a 1GB movie file could be downloaded in a matter of seconds whereas it generally takes minutes to download it in a 4G network.

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