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Name:      Sarthak Banthia

The India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2022 concluded on Tuesday 4th October with a focus on the official announcement of 5G deployments. The four-day event was inaugurated by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, who launched to 5G services in the country in the presences of ministers, corporate giants and partners and all the participants in the event. 

Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodafone Idea announced their 5G roll-out plans. Mukesh Ambani, CMD, Reliance Industries, revealed that the new 5G services will be “affordable” to all. He said Jio will have nationwide coverage with his 5G network by December 2023. Meanwhile, the company began beta testing its 5G service on Wednesday in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Varanasi.

Similarly, Airtel has announced that from October 1st, they will launch 5G service in eight cities. Sunil Bharti Mittal, CEO of Bharti Enterprises, praised Jio’s pace, saying 5G will fundamentally change people’s lives and bring with it many new use cases.

Minister for Communications, Electronics & Information Technology, Mr. Ashwini Vaishnaw has announced that the Indian government will set up 100 5G labs across the country. He added that the Indian government is working hard to simplify the licensing process for all telecom operators, urging the telecom industry to convert at least 12 of these labs into incubators to educate students to encourage innovation, research and experimentation.

After interacting with visitors and industry fellows during the four-day event, we found that there was considerable interest in the deployment of 5G. They hope 5G will improve call quality, boost download speeds, and reduce issues affecting games and dropped calls. As the industry look forward to new use cases, visitors were curious about new 5G tariffs. 

Industry insiders predict that India’s digital economy could reach $1 trillion by 2025, with 5G being the main driver of this expansion. 5G, the latest generation of wireless technology, utilizes a high-density network of tiny cells, opening a new door to 5G-enabled IoT ecosystem and paving the way for further development engines of the Indian economy.

“IMC 2022 provided us, the student managers, Sri Balaji University, a great opportunity to learn, experience and discover the world of 5G”.

– Sarthak Banthia

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