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Price of 5G data to be lower than the global average

Price of 5G data to be lower than the global average

India lags behind several countries in the Ookla Speedtest Global Index                              

IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw clarified that 20 to 25 Indian cities would get 5G connectivity by the end of 2022. At a media summit, the Union Minister clarified that the price of 5G data in the country would be considerably lower than the global average, news agency PTI reported. The government earlier confirmed that 5G spectrum auctions would begin in July, while the first phase of the rollout is expected in August-September. 13 Indian cities would get the 5G connection as part of the first phase.

The PTI report also highlights that the minister noted that India's internet data prices are around $2 (roughly Rs 155), while the global average price is around $25 (roughly Rs 1,900). During the summit, the Union Minister further explained that per month India's average data consumption is 18GB, which exceeds the global average of 11GB per month. However, India lags behind several countries in the Ookla Speedtest Global Index for May 2022. According to the data, India's position is 125th in the mean global mobile speed performance index, while the country stands at 79 in the mean global fixed broadband performance index. India is constructing 4G and 5G stacks and is poised to strengthen its position as a trusted source in digital networks around the world.

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