5G services to be rolled out from Oct.: Minister

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5G services to be rolled out from Oct.: Minister

  • Union Communications Minister said that 5G telecom services will be available from October and industry would decide on pricing structure.

Highlights of the speech

  • 5G roll-out will start in October, and within a year or so, we will have a good roll-out of 5G in the country.
  • In case of high pricing of 5G services, government would intervene and BSNL, which would roll out 5G , would act as market balancer.
  • At global level cost of 5G services is ₹2,400 per month, while it is around ₹200 a month in India.
  • Data cost is the lowest in India.

On recent reforms

  • Recent reforms in telecom sector have resulted in good stability in the industry.
  • Volumes are huge in this industry so it has been able to sustain a higher level of debt.
  • Most of the issues, such as liabilities on balance sheets due to adjusted gross revenue (AGR) and spectrum issues, had been addressed by the reforms of 2021.
  • PLI (production linked incentive) scheme for telecom sector had fetched good response.
  • New legal structure for telecom sector was being put in place towards ease of doing business.

Prelims take away

  • Telecom sector in India
  • 5G service
  • PLI (production linked incentive) scheme