5G network may delay in India: Airtel

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The implementation of the 5G network and wireless services in India could be delayed by a few months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Gopal Vittal, managing director, and chief executive officer, Bharti Airtel Ltd, said that the launch of the 5G technology could be postponed to next year due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Gopal Vittal, in a conference call on Tuesday, said that "We were earlier under the impression that the 5G auction could happen by December. With the pandemic that has hit us, my sense is that the 5G rollout may get delayed by a few months. Whether this happens, this fiscal year or the next is something to be seen." 

In January, Bharti Airtel said its network was fully ready to launch after testing 5G on a live network in Hyderabad. Airtel, India's second-largest operator, claims to be a 5 G-ready network; the government has declared its aim to implement the service by the end of this year or in early 2022.

 

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