Reliance Jio, India’s biggest telecom company, has announced the launch of the beta trial of its True-5G services in India for Jio users in four cities: Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Varanasi. The launch was made on the occasion of Dussehra.

Jio said it will invite customers under Jio True 5G Welcome Offer to try its 5G services, and the subscribers will get unlimited 5G data with up to 1 gigabit (GB) per second speed.

“Welcome Offer will enable its invited customers to trial True-5G services and provide service and user-experience feedback. Being a customer-obsessed organization, Jio believes in giving the best customer experience that is strengthened by customer feedback,” the company said in a press release.

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“Invited ‘Jio Welcome Offer’ users will be automatically upgraded to the Jio True 5G service without needing to change their existing Jio SIM or 5G handset,” the release added.

The company said that the invited customers will only pay for their existing 4G plan and will not be charged an additional amount for 5G data during the trial.

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The users will continue to avail of the Beta trial until the network coverage of a city is substantially complete to provide the best coverage and user experience to every customer, Jio said. The 5G service will be expanded to other cities slowly.

Additionally, Jio is working with all handset brands to enable their 5G handsets to work seamlessly with Jio True 5G services so that customers have the most comprehensive range of 5G devices to choose from.

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Akash Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, said, “5G cannot remain an exclusive service available to the privileged few or those in our largest cities. It must be available to every citizen, every home, and every business across India. Only then we can dramatically increase productivity, earnings, and living standards across our entire economy, thereby creating a prosperous and inclusive society in our country”.

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With the launch of Airtel’s 5G services in select cities last week, India entered the list of countries that offer 5G services and these include the US, Korea, UK, Japan, China, and nations across Europe.

The 5G technology is likely to deliver ten times better download speed than that of 4G and up to three times greater spectrum efficiency. The 5G services will be expanded to the entire country over the next couple of years.

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Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Minister for Railways, Communications, Electronics & Information Technology, has said that the government is working to launch 5G in 200 cities over the next six months. Though the target was to cover 200 cities, the momentum of work was such that 600 cities would be covered in the next six months, he said.