Bharti Airtel has revealed its strategy to launch 5G networks in India. India’s Communications Minister Ashwini Vaishnau has said the 2022 spectrum auction for 5G broadcast waves is over and carriers have been awarded a lot of 5G waves to cover the entire country with 5G networks. Now once the auction is over, all eyes will be on when DoT (Department of Telecommunications) can give spectrum to the carriers they purchased during the auction. The faster the DoT delivers the airwaves, the faster the carriers can roll out 5G services.
Airtel briefly told India on Monday its 5G launch strategy. But before we get to that, let’s take a look at what Airtel did during the 5G spectrum auctions.
Bharti Airtel 5G Spectrum Auction Results
Airtel said it spent Rs 43,084 crore to get a total of 19,867MHz of 5G spectrum across several bands, including the 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz, 3300MHz and 26GHz bands. The carrier believes it has created an ideal spectrum bank to deliver the best 5G experience to consumers. Airtel said it completed the 100x capacity boost at the lowest possible cost. The spectrum that Airtel has acquired is 20 years old. Now let’s have a look at what is Bharti Airtel’s strategy for launching 5G in India.
Airtel 5G launch strategy
Bharti Airtel said it will roll out 5G in every part of the country, starting with major cities first. What are these major cities? These could be the cities where Airtel was already testing 5G networks. Next, it may be the cities that carriers think are best to offer B2B services with 5G.
Akash Ambani, President of Reliance Jio, has hinted that Jio will launch 5G in India by August 15, 2022. Whether this is true or not will be known in a few days.