5G network will get 10 times more speed than 4G, but how much will you have to pay for it?

In 2022, India will transition to a new generation of mobile networks. Starting with 13 metro cities that have completed preparations for the launch of a 5G network. Experts estimate that 5G internet speeds will be ten times faster than 4G. That is, whether it is WhatsApp calling or downloading HD movies, everything will be very simple.

It happened because of the service you receive, but the question on everyone’s mind is how much will we have to pay for this lightning-fast service? Will 5G be more expensive or less expensive than 4G? Will the cost of 5G spectrum be recovered by raising 4G plan rates?

In India, how much will a 5G data pack cost?

Jio, Airtel, and Vi are the three telecom companies bringing 5G to India. So far, no company has made any information about the costs of its 5G data plans public. As a result, it’s difficult to predict how much 5G tariffs will cost. The countries around the world that have launched 5G services show a clear trend.

In December 2018, South Korea became the first country in the world to launch 5G service. Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States followed suit in May 2019. 5G has been launched in more than 61 countries so far. We’re comparing 4G and 5G tariff plans from a few of the world’s top telecom companies. These are the costs for a one-month unlimited plan.

It is obvious that global big telecom companies’ unlimited 5G plans are more expensive than 4G. On their own, businesses have grown by ten percent to forty percent. When the 5G service is launched in India, this trend will be visible. That is, 5G plans can be 10-40% more expensive than 4G plans in India.

In 5G, 1 GB of data will be less expensive.

Remember the 2G era, when a month’s worth of data was 1 GB? Data consumption increased after the introduction of 3G, and after the introduction of 4G, 1 to 2 GB of data was being consumed daily. Obviously, as 5G becomes more widely available, data consumption will skyrocket. Data consumption in India increased by 36% in 2020, according to the India Mobile Broadband Index 2021, and this trend is expected to continue. In such a scenario, experts predict that the 5G unlimited plan will be costly, but that the average cost of 1GB of 5G data will be less than that of 4G.

Will the 5G spectrum be recovered by increasing the cost of 4G plans?

India’s telecom companies recently raised their tariff rates by 20-25 percent. Experts believe it can be raised even higher in the near future. The reason for this is a lack of funds for the purchase of expensive 5G spectrum, as well as the companies’ increased debt.

According to Isha Chaudhary, Director of CRISIL Research, 1 GB of data costs between $8 and $10 in the United States, China, and South Korea, but less than $1 in India. Companies have the ability to raise tariffs in this situation. Although it is possible that it will happen by the end of the year. The goal of every company is to increase their ARPU.

India’s preparations for the trial and launch of 5G internet

The central government has stated that bidding for 5G internet spectrum will be completed by March-April 2022. Telecom companies that began 5G testing and trials have completed them. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) must make the final decision on whether or not 5G internet will be available in India.

In collaboration with Ericsson, Bharti Airtel successfully pre-tested commercial 5G internet service in Hyderabad. Jio also began working on expanding the internet network across the country for 5G network service expansion in 2019.

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