As India prepares for 5G speeds, here’s a glance at where telecom offerings are currently

With the advancement of technology on a daily basis, the necessity for a quicker and more dependable internet has emerged as a decisive element for growth and sustainability. As a result, governments are racing to implement 5G networks, and India is not an exception.

Consider the following:

  • So far, 499 operators have invested in 5G globally.
  • To date, there have been 221 commercial 5G launches worldwide.
  • In 2021, more than $130 billion will be spent on 5G-related auctions and projects.
  • India expects 5G services by Diwali 2022.

According to the Global Mobile Suppliers Association, some of the predicted advantages of integrating 5G technology involve faster connection times, lower latency, and capability for a large number of devices and programmable systems. The arrival of 5G is projected to simplify designs, improve security, and cut costs.

However, because of its massive population and broad land area, the advantages of technical breakthroughs are unbalanced in India. While the national capital, Delhi, has a teledensity of 270%, Bihar has just a teledensity of 54%. This also implies that, whereas every individual in Delhi has more than two devices on average, every two people in Bihar have one phone.

According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, urban teledensity is 134.7 percent, while rural teledensity is 58.5 percent as of June 30, 2022. (TRAI).

Furthermore, most of those fortunate enough to own mobile phones are concerned about internet speed. In terms of mobile internet speed, India ranks 117th out of 140 nations. According to the Speedtest Global Index, the median internet speed in India is 13.4 Mbps, whereas the global average is 30.78 Mbps as of July 2022.

In contrast, the UAE has the best mobile internet speed of 120.35 Mbps, backed by Qatar (117.43 Mbps) and South Korea (109.65 Mbps). The deployment of 5G services in India, on the other hand, is projected to close the speed disparity.

However, India has three main telecom providers, and it is their duty to roll out 5G services. Reliance Jio is the market leader, accounting for 36% of the market.

Bharti Airtel (31.63%) and Vodafone Idea (22.37%) trail Jio in sales volume. BSNL is the nation’s fourth largest telecommunications player, accounting for 9.72 percent of the market.