Jio 5G Rollout: Launch Date
Jio has not formally announced the launch date of its 5G service yet, but recently Akash Ambani, the chairman of Reliance Jio, said that the company will celebrate “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” with a 5G rollout across India. If we go by the buzz in town, it’s likely that Reliance Jio will launch its 5G services on August 15, 2022, on India’s 76th Independence Day.
Having said that, this announcement could be for a pilot test in select metro cities or locations across India. It will take a month or two for Jio to fully roll out its 5G services in prominent cities in India. And a phased rollout in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities could then follow early next year.
Jio 5G Supported Cities in India
As we noted above, Jio has bought 5G bands for all the 22 circles, so yeah Jio 5G is coming to all regions in India. However, as per a report, the company’s 5G services will initially roll out in 9 cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, and Jamnagar.
Jio 5G Upload/ Download Speeds
So far, Jio has conducted 5G trials in 8 cities and has clocked 5G speeds in varying degrees. A recent 91Mobiles report shows that Jio’s 5G trial in Mumbai offered up to 8x faster download speeds than 4G’s bandwidth. It appears that Jio 5G can bring download speeds up to 420Mbps and 412 Mbps in upload speeds, which is a massive upgrade over 4G speeds in India.
Jio 5G Plans and Price in India
It’s too early to say what will be Jio’s 5G plans and pricing in India. However, we are well aware of Reliance Jio’s competitive practices, so we expect Jio’s 5G plan will be somewhere between Rs 400 to Rs 500 per month. Currently, Jio’s ARPU (average revenue per user) is around Rs 175.
Akash Ambani Hints that Jio Could Launch 5G PAN-India on August 15, 2022
The words of Akash Ambani are pretty straightforward but what will be interesting here is to see how Jio will execute this. India does not have a single 5G network at the moment. All the 5G networks there so far were for trial purposes for which the spectrum was allocated by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).