Telecommunications Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and industry leaders Mukesh Ambani of Reliance, Sunil Bharti Mittal of Bharti Airtel and Kumar Mangalam Birla of Vodafone Idea were present at the launch event in New Delhi.
Prime Minister Modi toured booths set up by various telecom operators and technology providers to get a first-hand experience of what 5G can do. He spent time understanding the native development of end-to-end 5G technology. He sees the launch of 5G as a gift of the telecom industry to 130 Indians.
5G telecommunications services seek to provide seamless coverage, high data rates, low latency, and highly reliable communication systems. It is expected to significantly improve several areas such as online education, mining, warehousing and telemedicine.
Commercial rollout in 13 cities in the first phase is expected to take place around Diwali.
Here are the key takeaways from the 5G launch event, how it will change PM Modi’s user experience and address:
- The country’s three major telecom operators – Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodafone Idea – demonstrated to the Prime Minister on various 5G technology use cases in India at Saturday’s launch event.
- At the Reliance Jio booth, the Prime Minister witnessed ‘True 5G’ devices on display and experienced the use case through Jio Glass.
- Digital India’s success is based on 4 pillars, including device cost, digital connectivity, data cost and digital first approach. We worked on all of them: PM Modi
- “With the development of technology and telecommunications, India will lead the Industrial Revolution 4.0. This is not India’s decade, but India’s century,” the Prime Minister said in his speech. .
- Connectivity is one of the major strengths of the media sector. In 2014, the number of broadband users was just 6 crores, today it is over 80 crores :PM
- The Prime Minister reminded how data has been made affordable through various innovations. “Before, the cost for 1GB of data was around Rs 300, now it’s reduced to around Rs 10/GB
- India is now a player in the global mobile market, with an export value of thousands of crores: PM Modi
- Digital India has given people a space. Even the smallest street vendors are using UPI premises: PM Modi
- Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodafone-Idea will initially launch 5G in several cities across the country, including Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Gandhinagar, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Jamnagar, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Pune .
- According to Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Electronics and Information Technology Minister, the 5G tax will be on par with 4G prepaid plans. While a tax increase cannot be ruled out, industry leaders say it won’t worry customers too much.
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What is 5G?
5G is a next-generation mobile network capability that can facilitate the transmission of a large set of data at high speeds. 5G has low latency (efficient to handle a certain volume of data with minimal latency) with the ability to be up to 10 times faster than 4G. The rollout of 5G is also expected to bring further growth in remote data monitoring in areas such as mining, warehousing, telemedicine, and manufacturing, among others. . Other areas where 5G will benefit customers is edge computing.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches 5G phone service in India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Union Minister for Communications and Electronics & Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw during the launch of 5G services in India at the 6th Mobile India Congress, at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. (Photo PTI)
Does 4G SIM work on 5G phones
To get 5G connection, one must have a 5G enabled smartphone/tablet. A report says that 9.7% of smartphones being used in India are 5G capable. When 4G came out, telecom service providers started popularizing 4G SIM cards to people in India. Thanks to technology, we won’t need to queue or sign up for a new SIM to get the benefits of 5G services.
A 4G SIM can work on a 5G-enabled phone, however, you won’t be able to take full advantage of 5G’s capabilities. To fully enjoy the potential of 5G networks, one must have a 5G SIM with a 5G phone.
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