According to telecom equipment companies that are constructing the 5G networks, Indians using 5G mobile phones may be able to access blistering download speeds of over 150-200 Mbps supported by the 3.5-GHz band by the end of October.
According to the Speed test, which tracks download speeds in over 140 countries, the current average 4G download speed is a meagre 13.2 Mbps.
Those who already own 5G phones but are still using 4G services currently see speeds that are 30% to 35% greater than those who own non-5G handsets.
But the important thing to remember is that, as shown by global trends, data speeds are always high during the early phases of 5G implementation, when subscribers and consumption are quite low. As more customers sign up, the speed decreases and then stabilises.
According to a senior executive of a telecom equipment business, the company is trying to develop networks in India that will be able to provide average consistent download rates of at least 50-60 Mbps, even when the network has 100 million or more subscribers.
Before each gamer can achieve that subscription threshold, a few years will pass.
Despite having more consumers, telecom companies were allotted far less spectrum than their international competitors.
Things have shifted a bit with the most recent 5G auction. Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio have acquired 100 MHz of the 3.5-GHz spectrum as well as 800-1,000 MHz in the millimetre bands. This fits with current worldwide tendencies.
Both of these bands are essential for achieving high 5G speeds, however, telecom businesses are actively only using the 3.5 GHz spectrum for mobile services due to the lack of millimetre band devices in India.