5G Technology in India, paving a way for the new Era of Digital India
5G, the next generation of Mobile Communication Networks has finally launched in India. On 1 October (Saturday), the Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the 6th India Mobile Congress (IMC-2022) at Pragati Maidan in Delhi and launched 5G Technology in India.
As a part of the first phase of India 5G Rollout, the 5G network services will go live in some of the select cities of India which includes Delhi, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Gurugram, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chennai, Lucknow, Kolkata, Gandhinagar, Jamnagar, Siliguri, Varanasi, Mumbai and Pune. Initially Telecom Operators of India Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, and Vi (Vodafone-Idea) will offer 5G services in these select cities of India.
The 6th India Mobile Congress (IMC-2022), the largest digital technology forum in Asia has embarked the beginning of this 5G Era with the introduction of latest technologies, innovations and demonstrations in 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI) in 5G, 5G use cases, Open RAN and much more while decoding the potential of Digital Bharat.
5G Technology in India will increase the spectrum and network efficiency while providing high reliable communications, low latency, seamless coverage and high data rate. The introduction of 5G Technology services in India is expected to open many opportunities both economically and socially. 5G, a next generation network connecting billions of IoT (Internet of Things) devices is supposed to provide much faster speeds and wider use cases than 4G network. It is believed that the India 5G Rollout will accelerate the adoption of various technologies like Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR)/ Virtual Reality (VR) technology and Cloud Gaming etc.
Many Tech giants like Samsung, Quectel, Qualcomm, ABB Power Conversion and Nokia are also supporting the India 5G Rollout. Quectel Wireless Solutions, a global IoT solutions provider is offering a comprehensive range of 5G Modules and Antennas in support of India’s 5G launch. The company has a huge portfolio of 5G modules and Antennas for the Indian market. Based on Qualcomm’s chipsets, some of the modules include the the RM510Q-GL, the RM50xQ and the RG50xQ.
Michael Wallon, the Vice President of APAC at Quectel says, “The arrival of 5G will bring dramatic changes to India. We see applications in direct-to-home services, medical services, entertainment, the automotive sector and several industries that will achieve clear gains for transferring huge volumes of data with lower latencies. Being able to use 5G to access high speed internet connectivity in remote places, such as rural areas where the reach of fiber is restricted or limited, means new applications will be brought to life by 5G. We foresee the usage of drones in applications for agriculture, security and for faster deliveries. Although many see high population density as a challenge that India faces, the density in fact is an advantage for the consumer and IoT markets because it creates a very large market to address with IoT products and services. Being able to serve people with massive IoT solutions that truly improve quality of life and build a smarter world is a core Quectel target and one that has seen significant uptake over the last five years. We’re looking forward to bringing this experience to India.”
ABB Power Conversion, the global technology company that designs, develops and manufactures solutions, to power the technology of today and tomorrow is also supporting 5G Technology in India.
Raj Radjassamy Director, Product Management, Wireless Solutions from ABB Power Conversion says, “The transition from 4G to 5G in India will happen successfully. The opportunity for telecom services in India is significant and presents a powerful vector for economic growth. Not only will it support India’s telecom industry, but it will also advance economic drivers like smart factories and smart cities. I predict we will see a continued focus on rolling out optical fiber to towns and villages in India to support the transition to 5G, bridge the rural divide, and support local enterprises’ operations. “
To show the potential of 5G Technology in India, the three major Telecom Operators of the country (Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodafone-Idea) demonstrated one use case each in front of the Prime Minister at the India Mobile Congress and also expressed their opinions on 5G Services Launch in India. These Operators have already announced their plans to roll out 5G in India from October.
On Saturday (1Oct ), Bharti Airtel launched Airtel 5G in 8 Cities of India at existing 4G Rates and announced that the tariff for 5G will be available after some time.
The Chief Technology Officer of Bharti Airtel’ Randeep Singh Sekhon said, “We need to install some equipment on mobile towers for 5G service. We are doing it gradually. As of today, the service will be available in the area close to towers where the equipment has been installed,” The Company is currently working with Samsung, Nokia and Ericsson as network partners to deliver and set up 5G services in the country.
Reliance Jio the top industry player will roll out 5G services in select cities (Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai) by Diwali, this month.
Mukesh Ambani, the Chairman of Reliance Industries says, Jio will pace up the launch and would cover the nation by the end of next year. He added, “I want to reiterate Jio’s commitment to deliver 5G to every town, every taluka, and every tehsil of our country by December 2023,”
On the other hand, Vodafone-Idea is also in the race to launch 5G services in India. The company has joined forces with technology companies and domain leaders for 5G.
Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairperson, Aditya Birla Group said, “Vi’s first step in the 5G era is an important milestone in India’s new generation technology odyssey. Vi stands committed to bring the finest in innovative technology and service offerings to take 1.3 billion Indians on an accelerated journey towards individual and collective growth,”
5G Technology in India
5G Technology in India will not only provide seamless coverage to metropolitan and remote areas but also usher technology advances in the country like advanced Mobile Cloud Gaming, AR/VR, e-health, e-mobility, Connected Vehicles and Metaverse experiences. It will help in Precision Agriculture, education and healthcare sector, real-time monitoring of disasters and others.
5G arrival will transform the mobility and transport sector. A network of Electric Vehicles (EVs) and charging stations can be established with the help of 5G technologies, thus boosting the EV ecosystem in the country. 5G will give a boost to the Industrial Revolution 4.0. connecting variety of IoT, sensors and devices. 5G in the manufacturing sector will lower down time, costs, wastage and improve productivity. In the Safety and Surveillance sector, the 5G applications will enable remote control over disaster hit areas, thus minimising human’s role in dangerous industrial operations such as offshore activities and deep mines etc.
The cumulative economic impact of 5G on India is estimated to reach USD 450 billion by 2035. The technology will serve many benefits to the nation, boosting economically and socially while craving a path of Digital India.