Jio to offer free 5G upgrade to select users

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NEW DELHI: Upping the ante in the highly competitive telecom business, Reliance Jio on Wednesday said it will start offering free 5G upgrades — though on a beta test basis and at current tariffs — to select 4G subscribers in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Varanasi from Wednesday.
Jio promises to provide unlimited data as well as speeds that can go up to as high as 1,000 Mbps through the ‘Jio True 5G Welcome Offer’ which comes at atime when rival Airtel has been struggling to launch fullfledged services due to device compatibility issues.
The Jio offer will be extended by invitation, and the beta trial service for other cities will be announced progressively as the network expands, the Akash Ambani-led company said.
“. . . Jio has prepared an ambitious and the fastest ever 5G rollout plan for a country of our size. . . 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 can we dramatically increase productivity, earnings, and living standards across our entire economy,” Ambani said.
Sources said that subscribers who will get the offer will be billed at their existing tariff plans, even though their services get upgraded to 5G.
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