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Union Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw says, 5G deployment to commence in 20-25 cities and towns by the year-end

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: On Saturday, Union Telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said 5G deployment will commence in 20-25 cities and towns by the year-end. The Minister opined as India having data prices significantly lower than global average, it will continue to set rate benchmarks as new services are rolled out. It will start from August-September 2022.

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India is currently developing 4G and 5G stacks, and is set to bolster its position as a trusted source for the world, in digital networks, Vaishnaw said. Speaking at ‘TV9 What India Thinks Today Global Summit’, the minister that other countries are keen on giving preference to 4G and 5G technologies developed by India.

The Minister also noted that an important regulation is in the works to address the issue of unsolicited calls. It will enable KYC-identity name of a caller to be displayed, when someone calls, he said. he also said, “We are already the lowest in the world, at least by a factor of 10X…10X we are cheaper than the world, that same trend will be in other areas too.”

On the issue of 5G services pricing, he pointed out that data rates in India are about $2 against global average of $25. “India’s name is on the top of the list of trusted network providers. When India develops a technology, the world is interested in it,” he said, referring to 5G services that are widely expected to be at least 10 times faster than 4G.

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