Smartphone firms hail 5G launch, prepare bundled offers with telcos

NEW DELHI: Leading smartphone vendors said on Saturday Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 5G rollout will unlock new economic opportunities and societal benefits for millions, particularly in remote areas.

India is home to more than 500 million smartphone users and more than 100 million users with 5G-enabled smartphones are looking to upgrade to a 5G subscription in 2023, according to a recent report by Ericsson.

Madhav Sheth, CEO of Realme India, VP, Realme and President of Realme International Business Group, told IANS that as the first brand to launch a 5G-enabled phone, we “believe that 5G has the potential to bringing the entire ecosystem together”.

“For this reason, realme has dedicated 90 percent of its R&D efforts to 5G technologies and devices. We have partnered with the leading telcos in India and have curated a variety of bundled offerings for our users,” informed Sheth.

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“We are also rolling out OTA updates to our devices to ensure all our users get the most out of 5G,” he added.

Indian smartphone users are even willing to pay a premium of 45 percent for a tariff bundled with novel experiences, according to the Ericsson study, which could be a joy for 5G-ready Internet service providers, according to the Ericsson study .

Tasleem Arif, VP and R&D Head, OPPO India said that after years of intensive preparation, the rollout of 5G “will serve as a transformative force for Indian society”.

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“Superior data download rates, 3x spectrum efficiency and ultra-low latency will enable India to experience use cases such as seamless video calls, instant downloads and uploads, and seamless gaming in the cloud,” he said.

As an innovator, this also presents a great opportunity as “this will open doors to innovation for next-generation experiences from India,” Arif noted.

According to a report by Opensignal, 5G-enabled smartphone users in 30 Indian cities in India get 39.2 to 59.3 percent faster download speeds than non-5G phone users.

Muralikrishnan B, President of Xiaomi India, said the market is constantly evolving and becoming more digitally savvy by the day, and “5G has the power to transform, upgrade and uplift our nation”.

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“We have been working closely with various telecommunications operators for over two years and have extensively tested most of our models for their usability. Because we have a strong understanding of the SA and NSA network bands, we have introduced devices that support some of the most anticipated bands,” Muralikrishnan informed.

Online gaming, AR and VR experience, and content creation will take center stage with the launch of 5G services.

“In India, we have launched over 20 5G-enabled models so far and currently have 7.5 million Xiaomi 5G users,” he said.