5G services to propel India’s position as an economic and tech powerhouse globally
October 3, 2022 2:58 pm
PM Modi also unveiled 5G use cases in health, education worker safety etc., in harmony with his vision to promote ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’, Jai Anusandhan and ‘ Sabka Saath, Sabka Vishwas’.
Taking India’s digital transformation and connectivity to new heights, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi today launched 5G services in India. He also unveiled various 5G use cases of various Telecom Service Providers in Education, Health, worker safety, smart agriculture etc. Earlier, he also launched indigenous 5G NSA Core developed by Centre for Development of Telematics (CDoT) and witnessed various technology demonstrations of enterprise 5G solutions, chipsets, networking equipment developed by Indian telecom start-ups, MSMEs and large manufacturers. This brings harmony with the Prime Minister’s vision to promote ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’, Jai Anusandhan and ‘ Sabka Saath, Sabka Vishwas’.
This milestone unlocks huge possibilities for India with high-tech technology and paves the way to bring transformation in crucial areas including agriculture, health, education, Transport, logistics, smart cities, Industry 4.0 and financial inclusion etc. 5G technology will bolster and propel India’s position as an economic and tech powerhouse globally and will provide new opportunities for start-ups to come up with innovative solutions to solve existing challenges, create jobs and contribute to India’s economic resilience.
The 04 pillars of Digital India –
- Cost of Devices – With AatmaNirbhar Bharat the cost of devices can be reduced to a large extent. In the year 2014 there were 02 mobile manufacturing units in the country, whereas presently there are 200 manufacturing units. India is now at second position in the world for manufacturing of mobile and is also a large exporter of mobiles.
- Digital Connectivity – Country has made a huge progress; in 2014 there were 6 cr Broadband users which has now increased to 80 crore users. Approx 100 GPs were connected with OFC in the country and now more than 1,70,000 GPs in the country are connected with OFC. Internet users in the rural areas of the country are growing at a faster rate than the urban area.
- Cost of Data – The cost of data has reduced from Rs. 300 per GB in 2014 to Rs. 10 per GB in 2022. Average Data used per person is 14 GB per month, and reduction in cost of data has brought considerable savings per month for citizens.
- Idea of Digital First – Many people carried the opinion that the rural poor of this country will not be able to adopt the digital technology, but the citizens, particularly the rural people, have made these assumptions wrong. Rural India is fast adopting the digital technologies and internet in their daily lives.
Government has made a number of policy and regulatory changes to bring transparency and reduce uncertainty in the Telecom sector. It is said that India could not capitalise the previous 03 industrial revolutions, however we would not only capitalize the industry 4.0, but would lead the world.
The 5G services in India were launched at the inaugural ceremony of IMC 2022 which is being jointly organized by the Department of Telecommunications and Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI). Under the leadership of Prime Minister and with combined efforts, India has achieved phenomenal success in the digital revolution to empower society and position itself as a global economic powerhouse. Being hailed as ‘Techade of India’, it is standing at the cusp of a tech revolution. With the induction of 5G technology, India’s digital infrastructure will become resilient and unravel huge socio-economic benefits.