Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch 5G phone service on Saturday, ushering in an era of superfast internet on mobile phones.
According to an official release, the Prime Minister will roll out 5G in select cities on Saturday and will gradually cover the country over the next few years.
The cumulative economic impact of 5G on India is estimated to reach $450 billion (nearly Rs 36,612 billion) by 2035.
Fifth-generation or 5G services, capable of supporting ultra-fast internet, are expected to unlock new economic opportunities and social benefits and be a transformative force in Indian society.
The country’s three major telecom operators will each present a use case in front of the Prime Minister to demonstrate the potential of India’s 5G technology.
Billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio will connect teachers at a school in Mumbai with students at three different locations in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Odisha.
According to official sources, this will demonstrate how 5G will facilitate education by bringing teachers and students closer and eliminating the physical distance between them. It will showcase on-screen the power of augmented reality (AR) and how children across the country can be taught remotely without the need for an AR device.
In the Airtel demo, a girl from Uttar Pradesh will witness a vivid and immersive educational experience to learn about the solar system through virtual and augmented reality. The girl will appear on dias through a hologram to share her learning experience with the prime minister.
The Vodafone Idea test case will demonstrate the safety of workers in a tunnel under construction in Delhi Metro by creating a “digital twin” of the tunnel on dias. The digital twin will help in real-time safety alerts to workers from remote locations.
Modi will give a live demonstration through dias to monitor work in real time by leveraging VR and artificial intelligence.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch 5G services in India on October 1, 2022, and will be at the 6th India 2022 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, October 1-4, 2022 Mobile Congress 2022 opens,” the press release added.
The various use cases that will be presented in front of the Prime Minister at the exhibition include drone-based precision agriculture, high-security routers and AI-based cyber threat detection platforms, automated guided vehicles, smart ambulances, augmented reality/virtual reality/in Mixed reality for education and skills development, sewage monitoring systems, smart farming programs, and health diagnostics.
5G offers speeds several times faster than 4G, supports lag-free connections, and enables billions of connected devices to share data in real-time.
It will help provide seamless coverage, high data rates, low latency and highly reliable communications. In addition, it will improve energy efficiency, spectral efficiency and network efficiency.
5G technology will help connect billions of IoT devices, provide higher-quality video services and high-speed mobility, and provide critical services such as remote surgery and self-driving cars.
It will aid in real-time monitoring of disasters, precision agriculture, and minimise the role of humans in hazardous industrial operations such as deep mines, offshore activities, and more. Unlike existing mobile communication networks, 5G networks will allow customization for each of these different use cases within the same network.
In addition to enabling ultra-low-latency connections that allow full high-quality video or movie downloads to mobile devices in seconds (even in crowded areas), 5G will enable solutions such as e-health, connected cars, and more – in-person immersive augmented reality and virtual world experiences, lifesaving use cases, advanced mobile cloud gaming, and more.
“5G can unlock new economic opportunities and societal benefits, making it potentially a transformative force for Indian society. It will help the country leapfrog traditional barriers to development, stimulate innovation in start-ups and commercial enterprises, and advance ‘Digital India'” Vision,” the official release said.
India, the world’s second-largest smartphone market after China, has been preparing for the launch of 5G services after years of intense preparations.
India’s largest-ever telecom spectrum auction, held recently, fetched a record rupee. 150,000 crore bid, Mukesh Ambani’s Jio sold nearly half of the airwaves for Rs. 880.78 million bids.
Telecom tycoon Sunil Bharti Mittal’s Bharti Airtel successfully bid for Rs. 43,084 crore, while Vodafone Idea bought the spectrum for Rs. 187.99 million.
Gautam Adani’s team’s entry at the auction was hailed by some as another flashpoint in the competition with Ambani, who paid Rs. 400 MHz is 2.12 billion. The Adani Group purchased spectrum in the 26 GHz band, suitable for establishing private networks for end-to-end communications.
The auction brings together the need for a robust 5G ecosystem that can address its use cases involving IoT (Internet of Things), M2M (Machine-to-Machine Communication), AI (Artificial Intelligence), edge computing and robotics.
In August 2022, the telecom sector revised the right of way (RoW) rules, in which permit fees for laying cables and erecting towers have been made reasonable, and fixed caps on 5G small cell and fiber optic cable installation rates on street furniture.
The Ministry of Telecommunications has established a 5G testbed with the help of IIT, IISc Bengaluru and SAMEER to develop the technology in 2018.
According to the official release, the 5G Hackathon kicked off in 2020 to inspire startups to conceive and prototype use cases and spawn innovative products.
The Interministerial Committee on 5G Use Cases, operational from 2021, in coordination with 12 central ministries, supports the establishment of 5G Use Cases Labs. Industry has been consulted to enable the 5G ecosystem to provide handsets.
“All of these will help to answer the Prime Minister’s call for ‘Jai Anusandhan’. All these efforts are game-changing in India’s manufacturing and telecom ecosystem, leading to a domestic 5G enterprise carrier-grade stack and impactful innovative 5G use case,” the release said.