Millions of Indian smartphone users have to wait until 2024 for 5G

Millions of Indian smartphone users have to wait until 2024 for 5G

New DelhiIndustry experts said that as India rolls out 5G with some early use cases shown and carriers set some strict deadlines, millions of smartphone users will only enjoy ultra-fast internet in 2024 amid infrastructure constraints, limited use cases and low mobile penetration of 5G networks. Fifth. Monday.

India is home to more than 500 million smartphone users and more than 100 million users with 5G-ready smartphones who want to upgrade to a 5G subscription in 2023, according to Ericsson’s latest report.

However, there are many challenges for telecom service providers to meet the strict deadlines.

“In theory, there are use cases that really call for and demand 5G: enterprise solutions, private networking, IoT, and logistics. But it may take a year or more for these applications to really take off,” Prasanto K. Roy, the leading technology and public policy expert, told IANS.

Carriers will focus on shifting existing individual customers who use ARPU (Average Revenue Per User) to 5G, which really limits how much they can charge for 5G especially in competitive spaces.

“I don’t see that 5G will really increase ARPU’s overall profit in any significant way – at least not in 2023,” Roy said.

In the top four, consumers should be able to try 5G in early October (according to Airtel) until late October (according to Reliance Jio), with Airtel planning to move 5G to eight cities this month.

There are no plans to roll out 5G from Vodafone-Idea yet.

“However, as the tariffs are still unclear, I don’t know if all existing 4G customers will be able to experience a limited experience, or they will have to upgrade immediately. Although Airtel (and possibly Jio) expects an increase in revenue (from ARPU) current from Rs 183), I don’t expect most customers to pay more for 5G.”

However, the Ericsson study claimed that Indian smartphone users are willing to pay a 45 percent premium for a plan bundled with new experiences, which could be a treat for 5G-ready internet service providers.

According to Neil Shah, Vice President of Research at Counterpoint, in terms of population coverage, for all operators, India should reach the current comprehensive 4G coverage by the end of 2024, which is before the 4G or 3G era.

“Jio in the driver’s seat in relation to its peers is likely to achieve pan-India 5G penetration over the next 15 months without 2G, 3G and 4G baggage,” Shah told IANS.

Not only consumers, but also businesses and the public sector will be able to benefit from 5G over the next two-year period.

Shah noted that “Airtel, on the other hand, is also building a highly scalable network to easily reuse the same towers for both 4G and 5G. Most of its major circuits should be able to try out 5G by mid-2024.”

According to smartphone operators, 5G has the potential to combine the entire ecosystem with online gaming, and the augmented/virtual reality (AR-VR) experience, along with content creation, will take center stage with the launch of 5G services.

said Madhav Sheth, CEO of realme India, VP, realme and President of realme International Business Group.

According to Roy, infrastructure constraints, limited use cases, and revenue also pose major challenges to telecom companies and smartphone operators.

“To really take advantage of the bandwidth and latency of the 5G network, the towers need to be fiber connected. Only a third of them are ‘fiber reinforced,’ so I would expect 5G service to be reserved for large cities until the fiber reaches twice that number of towers,” he explained.

Carriers have also struggled with adequate tower density even for a 4G network, but 5G needs a much higher tower density – leading to more upfront investment.

According to Roy, “All of this capital investment will also be limited by high carrier debt and stagnating ARPU (revenue), which has already been expanded by spectrum fees and initial investments in 5G.”

Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnau expects telecom companies to invest Rs 2-3 crore on 5G and 4G in the next two years for better voice quality and higher speed data.

There are also challenges related to the availability of 5G equipment, due to very stringent supply chain reporting mandates for cybersecurity and related reasons since June 2021 (called the NSDTS Directive).

“This slows down certified telecom and IT equipment available to telecom companies, or requires them to apply for waivers on a case-by-case basis,” Roy told IANS.

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