It is now impossible to determine, but based on the trajectory of the last six years, I think Jio will provide the most economical 5G services among India’s private telecoms. Compared to Jio, Airtel is more aggressive when it comes to the average revenue per user (ARPU) figure. As it has a much larger client base than Airtel, Jio makes money through scale. Nobody currently knows what the 5G tariffs would look like if we are talking about them.
But talking to the industry people, including Airtel’s CTO (Chief Technology Officer), Randeep Sekhon, during a Twitter Spaces session, I have realized that there won’t be too much of a price difference between the 4G and 5G plans. But how the benefits will be bundled for the consumers is something that we will have to wait and watch.
5G adoption will be quick in India
According to Opensignal’s most recent report for the Indian market, 5G adoption in that country is anticipated to be rapid. This is due to the fact that more than 9.7% of cell phones in use in India are already 5G devices. By the time carriers roll out 5G networks, that number would have undoubtedly increased. However, it would be crucial for telecoms to take a conservative stance toward their expectations. Despite having a 5G phone, there’s a chance that users won’t always choose to use the 5G services. In that situation, the telcos would have to play the waiting game with the customers, and there would also need to be incentives to spread around and entice users to upgrade to 5G.
If the tariffs were prohibitively exorbitant, the majority of consumers would undoubtedly not choose 5G. Therefore, the telecoms would need to devise a cunning workaround to encourage users to choose 5G services. The private carriers’ 5G initiative would ultimately be a marketing ploy. Customers do not have an urgent demand for 5G. FWA (Fixed Wireless Access) and cloud gaming have been the consumer use cases of 5G in practically every region of the world. 5G VoNR.
Because 5G SA is being implemented, Reliance Jio will be able to provide VoNR services. Due to its decision to use 5G NSA, Airtel would continue to use VoLTE. Only after using both VoNR and VoLTE can we accurately assess how different they are from one another.
Even if Jio 5G is strong and superior, it will probably not cost subscribers more or less than Airtel would. Jio enjoys playing in large numbers, whilst Airtel prefers to concentrate on lucrative clients. We will learn more about what will actually occur in October as telecoms roll out commercial 5G network services.