It is predicted that the deployment of 5G services in India will provide users with a significant edge, according to analysts at US-based network testing and research company Ookla. Currently, 3G internet speeds are only about four to five times faster than the present 4G rates, which is a significant improvement. According to Mint’s principal analyst, Sylwia Kechiche, the new 5G networks’ actual speeds would be substantially faster than the current 4G levels, reaching up to 10 Mbps on mobile phones, she explained. Even though 4G coverage is predicted to continue to rise, this is not the case. Actual speeds are defined by the bands used by service providers to deliver the service. More Indians have internet access now, but the new 5G networks will enable data transfer rates that are significantly higher than what is directly supplied by 4G networks.
“In nations like Thailand, the Philippines, and Indonesia, we’ve seen gains in 4G LTE speeds of seven to ten times.” We should also be prepared for a four-to-five-fold growth in India. There are several factors to consider, including the frequency ranges for 5G,” she said. the implication was evident in her words: “It’s conceivable.”
Indian authorities have announced plans to auction spectrum for 5G services within the next month, but no action has yet been taken. To date, the government has indicated that it will accept the telecom regulator’s proposal to auction 5G airwaves in two bands, 3.6 GHz and sub 1 GHz, for base costs roughly 36% less than those in 2018. The sub 1 GHz and 3.6 GHz bands are referred to as such.
Kechiche believes that the 3.6 GHz range is essential for telcos to begin offering 5G services, whilst the sub-1 GHz spectrum is necessary for carrier coverage. It’s possible that by combining the two technologies, operators might have all they need to roll out nationwide 5G coverage. If they wanted to provide the services, this would be the case.
Even while India’s tariffs at present levels are far higher than those of numerous other nations, she noted that the high pricing of the 5G spectrum in India could be a hurdle to completing full-scale deployments. As a result, she said, full-scale deployments may be hindered by the high cost of 5G spectrum in India.
Compared to Italy’s, France’s, and Portugal’s costs of 23 million dollars per megahertz, she claimed that India’s price of 41 million dollars per megahertz was significantly increased. It costs $23 million to buy a house in Italy, but only $10 million to buy a home in France and $1 million to buy a house in Portugal.
She added that if the cost of 5G services was reduced, it might be an opportunity for Indian carriers to improve their total profitability because the services might be provided to consumers and businesses for an additional price. The result would be an increment in overall revenue for the carriers.