NEW DELHI, Oct 1 – PRIME. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched 5G networks on Saturday.
“Today, 1.3 billion Indians are getting the gift of 5G… Our government is working to achieve the goal of internet for all,” Modi said at the Mobile Indian Congress.
Modi recalled that the Indian government had previously supported the deployment of 4G networks, which led to a reduction in “the cost of data transmission and launched a data revolution.”
It is estimated that 5G technology will bring India $450 billion in 2035.
At the end of August, Reliance Jio Chairman Mukesh Ambani said the company had invested 2 trillion rupees ($25 million) in 5G networks and plans to launch high-speed communications in key cities in the country in the next two months. Initially, networks of this standard will be launched in a number of major cities, in particular Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. By December 2023, the company plans to expand its 5G coverage to all of India.
Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said earlier this year that the deployment of 5G mobile services by private carriers in India would take place in 2022-23. The finance minister also added that by March 2023, 5G smartphones connected to the networks of the largest private telecom operators – Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodafone Idea – should be available in India. Also, the Indian authorities announced that the country will stimulate production in order to promote 5G technology.
5G mobile networks provide faster data rates than existing networks, lower latency, and support more users, devices, and services while being more efficient.