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Jio 5G: Plans, SIM, Launch Date, Cities, Speed Test

Everything you need to know about Jio 5G

The auctions for the 5G spectrum in India are finally over. The auction concluded with a record bidding of ₹1.5 lakh crores. The major participants of the auction were India’s major telecom operators — Jio, Airtel, Vi (Vodafone-Idea), and a new entrant, Adani Data Network. Jio stands top with the highest bidding of ₹88,000 crores. Airtel stands next with ₹43,000 crores, Vi stands third with ₹18,899 crores, and Adani Data Network stands last. Since Jio spent the highest on the bidding, almost double that of Airtel 5G, can we expect a better 5G from Jio? And when can we expect Jio to launch 5G in India? Let us answer all these questions in this article.

When will Jio Launch 5G in India?

  • Reliance Jio announced its 5G service on August 29, 2022.

Reliance Industries (RIL)’s 45th Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on August 29, 2022. During Annual General Meeting, Reliance Jio announced its 5G services called Jio True 5G.

However, Jio will roll out 5G services based on standalone (SA) architecture in several cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. The rollout will begin by Diwali 2022 i.e October 24, 2022. The telecom company further said that they will deliver 5G to every town in India by December 2023.

The initial rollout will be limited to metro cities where Jio will do pilot testing of 5G. It will take about 2 to 3 months for Jio to bring 5G to more cities in India. We can expect Jio 5G to arrive in India’s tier-2 and tier-3 cities by the end of this year.

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What are the 5G bands bought by Jio?

Jio was the highest bidder of all the telecom operators participating in India’s 5G spectrum auctions. Jio spent a total of ₹88,078 crores on the bidding. Jio also has the most extensive spectrum pan-India. As for the 5G bands, Jio has bought 5G bands in all popular frequencies. Jio will support low-band frequencies like 700 MHz (n28), 800 MHz (n5), medium-band frequencies like 1800 MHz (n3), 3300 MHz (n78), and the high-band frequency (mmWave) 26 GHz (n258).

Jio has clarified that it will bring 5G connectivity all over the country. Jio will be using the cost-efficient 700 MHz sub-GHz frequency band to do this. Jio is also planning to get the premium mmWave 26 GHz band across all 22 circles in India. If you want to know the 5G bands on your new 5G phone, check out Ways to Check 5G Bands of a Phone.

What are the Cities where Jio 5G will be launched first?

Jio plans to roll out 5G in India by Diwali 2022. This rollout will begin with metropolitan cities first. Jio will later expand it to hundreds of tier-2 and tier-3 cities. As per the latest report, Jio will initially roll out its 5G services in 13 cities, including Hyderabad, Jamnagar, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Gurugram, Lucknow, Mumbai, and Pune. However, Jio may roll out a 5G network in select areas of these cities. So, every citizen in these cities might not avail of 5G services.

Do you need a new SIM Card to use Jio 5G?

You will probably need a new Jio 5G SIM to access the 5G network. Jio has built a standalone 5G, that is, a whole new infrastructure for 5G. Since “Standalone 5G” doesn’t depend on the existing 4G network, you won’t be able to continue with your 4G SIM card to enjoy 5G services.

So in order to upgrade your existing 4G SIM to 5G-enabled SIM, you will likely need to visit the nearest customer service centre or retail store. Also, there might be an SMS facility where users will send an SMS from their current active 4G SIMs to upgrade their SIMs for 5G support.

As of now, Jio has not stated anything about a 5G SIM card. If Jio makes any statement in the future, we will let you know. So make sure you watch out for this space for any updates on the same.

What Download/Upload Speeds will we get with Jio 5G?

Jio has conducted 5G trials in 8 different cities so far. A recent report from 91Mobiles shows that Jio has achieved 8x faster speed than 4G in Mumbai. The trials showed Download Speeds up to 420Mbps and Upload Speeds up to 412Mbps. As for mmWave or mid-band (sub-6GHz) 5G bands, we do not have information regarding the same. However, Jio will surely bring the higher frequency bands, too, that will offer better speed than sub-GHz bands.

Network Download Speed Upload Speed
Jio 5G 420Mbps 412Mbps
Jio 4G 47Mbps 26Mbps

What will be the Price of Jio 5G Plans?

Jio 5G Plans Price in India
Starting Plan Rs 400-500 (Expected)

The price of Jio 4G plans in India starts at Rs 239/month, which offers 1.5GB/day of 4G data, unlimited calls, and 100SMS. As you would expect, Jio 5G plans will cost much more. However, this may not be the case if Jio plans to launch 5G at a competitive price. If this is the case, we can expect Jio 5G intends to start at around Rs 400-500 per month. Jio might also keep reasonable pricing for the higher frequency 5G bands.

Final Words

All in all, Jio will be launching 5G services at the right time. It needs to get it right on the technology and pricing fronts. If it does that, there are many ways in which Jio can make 5G a success. And with telecom giants like Airtel and Vi (Vodafone-Idea) jumping onto the 5G bandwagon, things will only get interesting.

About Mehtab Ansari

Mehtab Ansari is a contributing writer to DealNTech. At DealNTech he covers Mobile and Android related news. One of the things he loves to do is explain to people how they can use technology for their benefit.


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