Kumar Mangalam Birla at IMC 2022: Vodafone-Idea to soon start its 5G rollout journey

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Vodafone-Idea is set to join the 5G bandwagon soon. Speaking at the inauguration of the India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2022, Kumar Mangalam Birlachairman, Aditya Birla Group (a promoter company of telco Vodafone Idea along with UK’s Vodafone Group) said that Vodafone Idea will soon begin its 5G rollout journey.
“We have 240 million citizens connected to our networks, with 50% of them in rural India. Our networks have been constantly upgraded to be capable of smooth and swift migration to 5G,”, Birla said.
“Having taken concrete steps for the 5G ecosystem development, 5G use cases for Indian enterprises and consumers, and acquisition of 5G spectrum in a very well designed auction, we will soon begin the 5G rollout journey,” he added.
Birla, however, did not give a timeline of the launch of 5G services. He said that Vi had a plan of action in place, and is working towards its goal of rolling out 5G. “We will leverage our strong presence in rural India, our enterprise customers, our technology partners, and global experience of the Vodafone Group for progressively rolling out our 5G networks and services in the coming period,” he said.
Rivals Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel too confirmed their 5G plans at the event today, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani reiterated Jio’s “commitment to deliver 5G to every town, every taluka, and every tehsil of our country by December 2023.” He said that the company will launch affordable 5G services by the end of next year.
Bharti Airtel chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal said that Airtel will launch 5G services starting with 8 cities. These cities are Delhi, Varanasi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai, and Siliguri.





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