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As Per Latest Information Compared to Airtel, Jio has installed four times as many 5G BTS, but in fewer cities.

Both telecom operators are deploying different 5G technologies and strategies.

In accordance with information provided by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Jio had installed 82,509 5G BTS as of March 3, 2023, whereas Airtel had installed 19,142 5G BTS across India. However, it is important to keep in mind that while Jio has yet to reach 500 cities, Airtel has done so with its 5G service.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • For more over six months, Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio have been implementing 5G.
  • Both telecom companies are using distinct technology and have various 5G ambitions.
  • Jio is installing 5G SA, whereas Airtel is deploying 5G NSA (non-standalone).

For more than six months, Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio have been implementing 5G. Both telecom companies are using distinct technology and have various 5G ambitions. Jio is installing 5G SA, whereas Airtel is deploying 5G NSA (non-standalone). Jio is needed to add more 5G BTS (Base Transceiver Stations) as a result of the deployment of 5G SA. Due to the fact that Airtel is deploying 5G NSA, which makes use of the current 4G core, it can cover more areas than Jio with considerably less 5G BTS.

In accordance with information provided by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Jio had installed 82,509 5G BTS as of March 3, 2023, whereas Airtel had installed 19,142 5G BTS across India. However, it is important to keep in mind that while Jio has yet to reach 500 cities, Airtel has done so with its 5G service. Jio’s capex should be significantly higher because the company needs a denser infrastructure to roll out 5G. Airtel has chosen 5G NSA in order to justify returns in the short to medium term, yet someday it will also go towards 5G SA.

If a consumer is an active 4G user, the telecoms do not charge them to utilise their 5G network. This is due to the lack of a unique use case that would draw users to 5G. For the users, the main benefits of 5G include faster download rates and reduced latency. The telcos are providing 5G to subscribers at no cost because they might not yet be willing to pay more for it than 4G. It would be difficult for the telcos to continue funding 5G expenditure without increasing the price of 4G services because they aren’t making any money off of their 5G services.

The fact that Jio is deploying more 5G BTS doesn’t guarantee that its subscribers will have a better 5G experience. But

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Written by Shallu Srivastav

Jio’s Q4 2023 net profit was Rs 4,984 crore, with an ARPU of Rs 178.8.

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