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Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel are propelling India into the 5G era with substantial financial investments and rapid network rollouts. Garnering over 100 million 5G users collectively within a year of service launch, these telecom giants are not only enhancing connectivity across the nation but also meeting the burgeoning demand for high-speed internet among Indian consumers. Amidst multi-billion-dollar loans and strategic expansions, the 5G race in India is unfolding at a remarkable pace, promising a transformative impact on the country’s digital landscape.
The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has expressed concerns to the Department of Telecom (DoT) about delicensing the 6 GHz spectrum, fearing it may obstruct the development and deployment of 5G and 6G technologies in India. Major telecom operators including Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, and Vodafone Idea are backing COAI’s stance. This move comes amidst the potential revenue loss for the government and the imperative need to use the spectrum efficiently for advancing India’s telecommunication sector.
Jio’s True 5G network has brought about significant changes to the ongoing IPL, providing fans with a high-quality streaming experience and virtual reality features. The technology has also benefited players by giving them real-time coaching feedback, resulting in improved performance. This article highlights Jio’s innovative approach to technology and how it has transformed the IPL experience for fans and players alike.
Indian telecom companies, including Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, and Vodafone Idea, are struggling to raise tariffs amid the 5G rollout, with average revenue per user (ARPU) increasing only 1-3% sequentially in the December quarter. Significant capital expenditures and a competitive landscape contribute to the delay in tariff hikes, which impacts investors’ concerns. Revenue growth is expected to moderate, while limited 5G use-cases and monetization opportunities also hinder ARPU growth.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has introduced the Bharat 6G Vision Document, which aims to accelerate the adoption of new technology in India, and launched the 6G research and development test bed. The document was developed by a technology innovation group on 6G, consisting of members from various government ministries, research institutions, academia, standardization bodies, telecom service providers, and industry. The group will help to create a roadmap and action plans for 6G in India.

The 6G test bed, launched alongside the document, will offer a platform for industry, academic institutions, and others to test and validate evolving technologies. The government believes that these initiatives will provide an environment conducive to innovation, capacity building, and faster technology adoption in the country.
The adoption of 5G services in India’s subscriber base is expected to boost data consumption as they upgrade to higher data packages to access faster speeds. This increase in data usage is anticipated to result in higher average revenue per user (ARPU) and better return metrics for telecommunication companies (telcos).
Get an in-depth view of the 5G Tower industry, along with macro cells, small cells, and distributed antenna systems. Who are the global tower industry leaders? What are their solutions and 5G strategies? What are the new offerings in the market? Technology comparison between macrocells, small cells, and different categories of small cells (i.e. femtocells, picocells, microcells). Thought leaderships interview and articles from ecosystem players, including from Small Cell Forum on how they are accelerating adoption of small cells with private network blueprints and more.
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