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India's PM to switch on 5G tomorrow

30 Sep 2022

5G services are set to be launched in India by Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow (1 October) at the start of the Indian Mobile Congress (IMC), according to a statement from the PM’s office. Further details of the plan have not been disclosed, however. The country’s two largest mobile providers – Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio) – had previously announced plans to inaugurate the new technology in October.

Debt-laden cellco Vodafone Idea (Vi) is understood to be some way from introducing 5G services, however, with its rollout said to have been held up by its financial troubles. The company issued a statement this week to clarify recent reports that it might lose access to the tower sites of infrastructure provider Indus Towers if it fails to clear its outstanding dues with the firm. Vi confirmed that it was involved in ongoing negotiations with Indus ‘for softer payment terms’ and added that it would inform the stock exchange ‘if an event occurs which warrants disclosure’.

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