India 5G rollout fastest in world but revenues not picked up: COAI DG

New Delhi, October 30, 2023.

Rollout of 5G network in India has been the fastest in the world but revenue has not picked up as apps that are generating 80 per cent of the traffic are not paying for the network, a top official of the telecom industry body COAI said.

While speaking with PTI at India Mobile Congress, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) Director General S P Kochhar said telecom players do not want to burden consumers but someone has to bear the cost of investment being made in the network.

“The 5G rollout has been very good. It has set world records with the fastest 5G rollout. But having said that, I’m a little constrained to say that the revenues for the telecom industry have not picked up,” Kochhar said.