Jio has announced that it will begin testing its True 5G network in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Varanasi. The announcement comes after its rival Airtel announced the rollout of 5G network in several cities.
Jio also revealed to its users ‘True 5G Welcome Offer’. Customers will have unlimited access to the 5G network with unlimited data. It is similar to the Welcome Offer that the telecom operator offered when it started 4G VoLTE services in the country.
The True 5G welcome offer is available to select users by invitation. Guest users will be automatically upgraded to the True 5G network without changing the SIM card.
The True 5G welcome offer will be available in more cities as network hardware upgrades.
“Users will continue to take advantage of this Beta test until a city’s network coverage is substantially complete to provide the best coverage and user experience for all customers,” the company revealed. This means users can continue to use True 5G for free as long as it’s ready for a nationwide rollout.
Jio also said it is working with smartphone brands to support Jio True 5G and allow their devices to work seamlessly with their network.
While Jio did not reveal any pricing for 5G tariffs, it did announce that its 5G services will remain affordable.
“5G cannot remain an exclusive service available to the privileged few or those in our biggest cities. It must be available to every citizen, every household and every business across India,” said Akash M Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited.
He added: “Our Prime Minister has called for the accelerated roll-out of 5G across India to realize the full potential of a Digital India. In response, Jio prepared an ambitious and fastest-ever 5G deployment plan for a country our size.”
Jio previously revealed that it hopes to bring 5G services to all parts of the country by December 2023.
Flashbacks to Jio’s Welcome Offer from yesteryear
Jio went viral when it was first introduced mainly because of the Welcome Offer and the benefits of free data from its users.
This True 5G welcome offer reminds us of that by allowing people to queue to access Jio’s True 5G network.
If you’re in the four cities announced for the test, be on the lookout for the True 5G welcome offer invite.