On October 1, 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced 5G telephony services in India, PM Modi said the launch of 5G is a gift to 130 crore Indians.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced 5G services and inaugurated the 6th India Mobile Congress on Saturday at Pragati Maidan in Delhi. He also inspected the exhibition at Pragati Maidan where he experienced 5G by using different products of each company.
The theme of sixth edition of the Indian Mobile Congress(IMC) was “New Digital Universe”. It brought together all the leading entrepreneurs, innovators, thinkers, and government officials to discuss and display their unique opportunities emerging from the rapid adoption and spread of digital technology.
Prominent cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Gandhinagar, Gurugram, Jamnagar, Lucknow, and Pune are likely to experience 5G services in the first phase. Within the following two years, the technology will be made available throughout the entire nation.
“People will not charged premium of 5G services and the government will expend the rollout of the network”. Says Ashwini Vaishnaw Telecom Minister.
The introduction of 5G will have a significant impact. The internet’s future lies in it. Everyone’s life will alter as a result of 5G, whether they are small business owners, farmers, doctors, or students. It will also have a major impact on our startup ecosystem.
The technology of the fifth generation will provide highly reliable communication with high internet speed and seamless coverage. It will increase network efficiency as well as increase energy efficiency.
5G services are expected to unleash many new economic opportunities as well as social benefits with its ultra-high-speed internet. By 2035 the cumulative economic impact of the 5G network is estimated to reach $450 billion in India.
Compared to 4G, 5G offers a speed that is many times faster. It also supports lag-free connectivity, allowing billions of linked devices to exchange data in real-time. High data rates, low latency, and extremely reliable communications will all be made possible by the 5G network. 5G technology will assist in connecting billions of Internet of Things devices, enabling higher quality video services with mobility at fast speeds, and delivering crucial services such as telesurgery and self-driving cars, among other things.
Mr. Modi highlighted that India had relied on other countries for 2G, 3G, and 4G technologies. But with 5G, India has made history by creating a worldwide standard in telecom technology for the first time. The “New India” will actively participate in the creation and application of technology rather than just being a consumer. According to him, India would have a significant impact on both the design and production of future wireless technology.
The Prime Minister stated that the cost of devices, digital connection, data cost, and a digital-first approach were the four pillars upon which his government’s vision for a “Digital India” was built. This approach, he added, resulted in the increase of mobile manufacturing units in India from two in 2014 to over 200 presently, lowering the cost of phones. Similarly, he said that India currently has the lowest data costs in the world, costing roughly ₹10 per gigabyte, down from ₹300 per gigabyte in 2014.
Three massive telecom companies—Reliance Jio, Airtel, and Vodafone Idea—presented the prime minister with a use case. Each demonstrates how the technology functions. Audiences heard remarks from Sunil Bharti Mittal of Bharti Airtel, Mangalam Birla of Vodafone Idea, and Mukesh Ambani of Reliance.
Reliance Jio showed how 5G may improve education by eradicating physical barriers between students and teachers and bringing them closer together. In the Airtel demo, a girl from Uttar Pradesh immersed in a vivid and engaging education experience about the solar system using virtual and augmented reality. Vodafone Idea test case highlighted worker safety in Delhi Metro under-construction tunnel by creating a Digital Twin of the tunnel.