5G Services In India From 2022: What Changes In User Experience?

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The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) Monday announced that 5G internet services will be rolled out in India in 2022.

DoT eight has partnered with eight agencies for the ‘Indigenous 5G Test bed project’ started in 2018 and is set to be completed by December 31, 2021. The project has been funded by the DoT which spent Rs 224 crore on this project.

Eight agencies that are involved in the research project are – Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Madras, IIT Kanpur, Indian Institute of Science (IISC) Bangalore, Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering & Research (SAMEER) and Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology (CEWiT).

What is 5G technology?

5G is the latest upgrade in the long-term evolution (LTE) mobile broadband networks. It is designed to connect many more types of devices than smartphones and offers far higher speed and capacity.

5G mainly works in 3 bands, low, mid, and high-frequency spectrum. In the low band spectrum, the speed is limited to 100 Mbps. The mid-band spectrum, on the other hand, offers higher speeds compared to the low band but has limitations in terms of coverage area and penetration of signals. Internet speed in the high-band spectrum goes up to 20 Gbps. The highest internet speed in 4G has been recorded at 1 Gbps.

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Which cities will get the 5G services first?

Telecom Service Providers (TSPs)- Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea- have established 5G trials sites in 13 cities.

As per a press statement by DoT, Gurugram, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Delhi, Jamnagar, Ahmadabad, Chennai, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Pune, and Gandhi Nagar would be among the first cities to get 5G services in 2022.

Changes for consumers

Users will be able to stream videos with multiple camera angles during sports matches or even play immersive video games using VR headsets or other accessories. Currently, only some newer smartphones in the market claim to be 5G-ready.

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