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Airtel’s 5G services may only be limited to more expensive plans

Airtel hopes that fast internet will persuade users to automatically shift to higher-tier 5G plans once the rollout begins.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Airtel believes that the superfast network’s penetration in India will be rapid.
  • It says that higher-priced plans will boost company’s revenue.
  • Airtel had said that its 5G prices won’t be significantly more than its 4G plans.
Airtel has said that the company might not charge a premium on 5G plans, but it won’t be available to all Airtel customers either. In an interview and as reported by Livemint, vice-chairman of parent Bharti Enterprises, Akhil Gupta, said the telco would offer 5G services only for high-priced tariff plans in the initial phase. The company also believes that the superfast network’s penetration in India will be rapid. Airtel hopes that fast internet will persuade users to automatically shift to higher-tier 5G plans once the rollout begins.
In the interview, Gupta said, “My feeling is that with 5G, penetration will increase so quickly that it will be like any other offering. Anybody who has a 5G handset will get 5G. They will consume more and automatically go to a higher tariff plan. This would result in higher revenues”. The company also indicated that more affordable or low-tier 5G plans could roll out, but that will depend on demand and supply.

“If you keep supplying, demand will keep coming. When you provide more capacity and faster speeds, the consumption is bound to grow. It is human nature that if you get faster internet, you will consume more data,” the Livemint reports quoting Gupta.

The senior Airtel executive also touched upon the use of non-Chinese gear for telecom networks. He claimed that the “law of the land must be followed when national security was concerned”, even though Chinese tech helped Airtel grow in its initial years.

Airtel’s development comes weeks after the company announced its plans to roll out 5G in India this month. Although there are barely days left before August ends, the telco may roll out the network at least in one or two major circles.

In an interview with India Today in March, Airtel CTO Randeep Sekhon said that 5G plans in the country would not cost significantly more than the existing 4G plans. Airtel also emerged as the second highest bidder in the recently concluded 5G auctions. It acquired 19,800MHz spectrum for Rs 43,084 crore.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by GOVT.in staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)


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