India joins the group of countries providing 5G telephony services

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched 5G services in the country at the 6th India Mobile Congress in New Delhi on 1 October. India now joined the select group of countries that provide 5G telephony services.

Important facts

  • Airtel has launched 5G services in 8 cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Varanasi, while Reliance Jio will launch it by Diwali.

  • Vodafone Idea will also start 5G roll out soon. After the introduction of 5G, people will be able to experience 10 times faster internet speed than 4G.

  • Telecom operators have promised to roll out 5G services in every corner of India by December 2023.

Countries currently offering 5G services

  • Countries where 5G has been recently launched include Argentina, Bhutan, Kenya, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Malta and Mauritius.

  • China has rolled out the most comprehensive 5G network. It is followed by South Korea, United States of America, Spain, United Kingdom, Canada, Finland.

  • According to a report published by OpenSignal (Benchmarking the Global 5G Experience) in June 2022, South Korea topped the list of countries with the highest 5G download speeds, crossing 400 Mbps.

  • Malaysia and Sweden are ranked second and third with download speeds of 382.2 Mbps and 333.9 Mbps respectively.

What is 5G technology?

  • The fifth generation mobile network is called 5G.

  • The 5G network will operate in the millimeter-wave spectrum (30-300 GHz) which can send huge amounts of data at very high speeds.

  • It is the newest upgrade in Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband networks.

  • Internet speeds in the high-band spectrum of 5G have been tested to exceed 20 Gbps (gigabit per second).

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