India will soon have access to the country’s 2G wireless spectrum and its biggest telecom company is set to deploy a 4G wireless network in the country, a top industry official said on Tuesday.
The announcement came in response to a query by media on a condition of anonymity.
It comes as India’s top telecommunications regulator, the Ministry of Telecom, prepares to announce a nationwide 4G rollout in July.
India has more than 3.5 billion people, a second-largest economy in the world after China.
India has two major telecom operators: Reliance Jio and Vodafone.
The two companies have been building 4G networks in the nation’s urban areas for some time now.
A joint venture between Vodacom and Reliance Telecom will bring the network to a phase of 3G and 4G service, the official said, adding that a spectrum auction will be held in August.
Reliance Jie has already bought spectrum in some areas and is planning to offer 4G services in the next five years, he added.