The wait for 5G is over, says PM Modi !


The 5G telecom spectrum worth Rs. 1.5 lakh crore was sold recently to Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Adani’s group, and Vodafone Idea.

5G mobile telephony, which holds the promise of offering 10 times faster speeds and lag-free connectivity, will soon start in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday.

The Prime Minister touched upon an all-round development of technology in the country from 5G to push for electronic chips, laying of optical fiber cable (OFC) network across villages, and enablement of digital entrepreneurship in villages through Common Services Centres making the present decade as “techie” for India.

“Now we are stepping towards the era of 5G… won’t have to wait for long. We are taking optical fiber to every village. I have full knowledge that the dream of Digital India will pass through villages.” added PM Modi.

Besides powering ultra-low latency connections, which allow downloading full-length high-quality video or movie to a mobile device in a matter of seconds (even in crowded areas), the 5G would enable solutions such as e-health, connected vehicles, more-immersive augmented reality, and metaverse experiences, life-saving use cases, and advanced mobile cloud gaming, among others.

Bharti Airtel will start rolling out 5G services this month and cover all towns and key rural areas of the country by March 2024. The country’s largest telecom player Jio has completed 5G coverage planning in the top 1,000 cities and conducted field trials of its home-grown 5G telecom gears.

India Cellular and Electronics Association (ICEA) Chairman Pankaj Mohindroo said while acknowledging the tremendous success in mobile phone manufacturing, the Prime Minister has spelled out a profound vision for the digital sector as a foundation of Aatmanirbhar Bharat.

“5G is not just a next generation of telecommunication technology, it will also pave the way for a robust Digital India and value-added services will play a huge role in driving the next level of customer adoption and experience for individuals and enterprises.

“Next level of growth will come from many enterprises centric use cases leveraging the speed and low latency of 5G,” he said

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