The Indian Market is all set to explore 5G Launch—the next generation of mobile broadband improving India’s overall mobile speed rankings, said Doug Suttles, CEO and co-founder of Ookla, renowned for Speedtest rankings.
The 5G era will be known to be the best stability for Indian mobile operators and the regulator as well.
Presently, India is ranked 115th in Ookla’s Speedtest Global Index for mobile broadband with average downloading speed 14.28 Mbps for May 2022 even better than 14.19 Mbps in April 2022.
Suttles noted that With three large-scale operators, we aren’t able to get back to the old price during the early 4G tech cycle which was necessarily important to ensure adequate investment in networks.
As the latest statement was recorded by Union telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, 5G will become functional in 20-25 cities and towns by the end of the year. The government calls bid applications for spectrum auctions starting July 26 after on wednesday Union Cabinet’s proposal to auction over 72,000 megahertz (MHz), or 72 GHz, of airwaves with a validity period of 20 years.
According to Nokia’s latest India Mobile Broadband Index, Indian consumers are being marked as the highest data users globally. Our average consumption is 17GB per user in 2021. Ookla’s CEO reminds us that as 5G is not starting from the starch, India is just playing catch-up with established 5G marketers.
India mobile network has been recorded to be supportive as an adapted average bitrate of 3.59 Mbps in Q1 2022, some way short of the bandwidth required for viewing full HD content. The video streaming audiences are calling out for increased bandwidth and lower latency which is definitely incorporated in 5G.
In India most brands have already introduced 5G-ready options, a large proportion of Indian consumers running Speedtest using 5G-capable devices which is not at all surprising. By the end of 2022, 5G smartphones will account for almost 40 per cent of all smartphones shipped in India. This is how a strong platform can be targeted by the operators from the first day of 5G launch.
But Suttles also stressed that 5G is going to be more of an enterprise play. Formulating strategy for 5G enterprise brings an ecosystem of partners to deliver on that. In the meantime, Airtel also begins its establishment of rolling out 5G-ready network equipment.whereas Jio is under the process of self testing 5G Open RAN solutions in several cities.
For the upcoming generation,satellite internet services will act as a competitive play in urban areas, particularly where fiber hasn’t been deployed, offering competitive speeds.
In the price-sensitive Indian market, sizable costs could play a dampener in making satellite internet more widespread,also the Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) stood at around Rs 128 in the first quarter.