On the historic occasion of Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, India stepped to the next level with the launch of 5G – the greatest power in the 21st century. I was feeling grateful and honoured representing Sri Balaji University, Pune in the 6th India Mobile Congress, 2022 (IMC 2022), held at Pragati Maidan, Delhi. Prime Minister of India, Shri. Narendra Modi launched the first 5G services in India at IMC 2022. The long-awaited rollout of 5G in India excited us all, as India set the global standard for 5G internet.
Prime Minister Modi had a first-hand experience with 5G services during the inaugural event.
5G is the future of internet, expectations are sky-high. Whether they are a small business owner’s farmers, doctors, or students, 5G will have an impact on everyone’s life. Furthermore, it will significantly influence our startup ecosystem.
The fifth generation, or 5G service, which supports ultra-high-speed internet, is expected to open up new commercial opportunities and societal benefits, transforming Indian society. By 2035, the total economic impact of USD 450 billion is estimated for India from this technological advancement.
The three major telecom companies that will offer 5G services in India are Reliance Jio, Airtel, and Vodafone Idea, the first showed a special use case to the Prime Minister during the inaugural event.
With the aid of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), technologies powered by 5G, Airtel demonstrated how a girl from Uttar Pradesh was able to experience a live and immersive educational experience and learn about the solar system. PM highlighted this during his speech, that, ‘5G will revolutionize schooling throughout the nation’. Airtel plans to roll out 5G on a large scale in eight cities by the end of 2024, including Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, and Bengaluru.
In his address, Vodafone Idea’s Kumar Mangalam Birla stated that, his company’s focus will be on worker safety, and his company’s demonstration proved this in a Delhi Metro tunnel that was still under construction by building a digital twin of the tunnel on a computer screen.
Mukesh Ambani asserted that 5G’s infrastructure-level advantages outweigh its consumer advantages. ‘5G can affordably deliver high-quality healthcare to rural and remote areas by turning existing hospitals into smart hospitals without much additional investment’, said Mr. Ambani .
The general public will gain a variety of advantages from 5G technology after it’s been widely deployed, including seamless coverage, high data rates, minimal latency, and extremely dependable communications.
Furthermore, it will increase energy, spectrum, and network efficiency. 5G technology will support the connectivity of billions of IoT devices, the delivery of vital services like telesurgery and driverless vehicles among others, and higher quality video services with high speed mobility.
Experts predict that 5G will also aid in the real-time monitoring of disasters, precision farming, and reducing the involvement of humans in risky industrial processes like deep mining and offshore activities.
“India has about 620 million distinct smartphone users, among them 50 million use 5G handsets, according to Tarun Pathak, Head of Counterpoint Research. So from a consumer perspective, the majority of India is prepared to switch to 5G due to the nation’s robust 5G smartphone penetration”.
-Bhumika Singla (Student Manager BIMM, SBUP)