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Airtel, Jio may scrap unlimited 5G data, consider 10 per cent price increase | Report

Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel are reportedly considering discontinuing their unlimited 5G data plans for premium customers, with an expected rise in the plan's cost by 5-10% price (compared to 4G), according to a media report.

Edited By: Saumya Nigam @snigam04 New Delhi Published on: January 14, 2024 14:12 IST
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Image Source : FILE Airtel, Jio to withdraw unlimited 5G data plan, expected 10 per cent price hike

Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel together are planning to discontinue their unlimited 5G data plans for premium customers soon, media reports stated on Saturday. As per the analysts, the companies are expected to charge at least 5-10 per cent more for 5G services compared to 4G.

It has been stated that the upgraded plans will start getting official in the second half of 2024- The Economic Times reported. This move will be taken to increase monetisation and further boost revenue growth.

The two telecom operators are also expected to raise mobile tariffs by at least 20 per cent in the September quarter of 2024 to improve their ROI (return on capital employed) of 5G infrastructure investments and customer acquisition costs, according to industry experts.

The other two telecom players in India - Vodafone-Idea and government-owned BSNL are yet to introduce 5G services in India.

Meanwhile, Bharti Airtel in partnership with Ericsson has successfully tested Ericsson's pre-commercial Reduced Capability (RedCap) software on the Airtel 5G network.

Carried out in collaboration with chip-maker Qualcomm using its 5G RedCap test module, the testing on the 5G TDD network represents the first implementation and validation of RedCap in India.

Ericsson RedCap is a new radio access network (RAN) software solution that creates new 5G use cases and enables more 5G connections from devices such as smartwatches, other wearables, industrial sensors and AR/VR devices, the company said.

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Inputs from IANS


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