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How excited are Indians about 5G? Would be surprised to know how many people are ready to pay extra

5G: India has started 5G service at some places in select cities. Of those willing to switch to 5G, 43 per cent are not willing to pay anything more than the current price for 3G or 4G services. This information was given in a report on Friday.

Surprising thing revealed in the survey
According to a report by online community platform LocalCircle, many more users are ready for 5G if it provides solutions to problems like call drops/connections, network availability and low speed. Another 43 per cent indicated that they were willing to pay an additional cost of up to 10 per cent. Only 2 per cent of them expressed their willingness to pay 25-50 per cent higher price for 5G. As against 4G speed of 40-50 Mbps depending on region and connectivity in India, 5G service is expected to have 300 Mbps or more speed.

Reliance Jio and Airtel have identified Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Varanasi, Chandigarh, Delhi, Jamnagar, Gandhinagar, Mumbai, Pune, Lucknow, Kolkata, Siliguri, Gurugram and Hyderabad for the first phase of the launch. According to the report, only 5 percent of the mobile subscribers surveyed are ready to switch to 5G in 2022.

This percentage of Indians will buy 5G devices in 2023
While 20 percent of the people surveyed said that they already have a 5G device, 4 percent are likely to get the service this year. Another 20 percent said they would buy 5G devices in 2023. Most of the mobile customers expect that upgrading to 5G service will reduce call drop/connect issues, provide better network and increase speed.

100 million users expected to have 5G-ready devices
Out of over 500 million smartphone users in India, around 100 million are expected to have 5G-ready devices by the end of this year. Around 24 per cent of the respondents said that they have no plans to buy a new upgraded device in the near future, while another 22 per cent have not made up their mind yet.

Telecom department held a meeting with phone manufacturers
The Department of Telecom met operators as well as phone makers earlier this week to update the government about their plans so that the 5G roll-out can happen at the earliest. Samsung said that they are working with their operator partners and are committed to rolling out the OTA update to all its 5G devices by mid-November. Apple said that it will start rolling out 5G for iPhone users in December.

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