PM Modi launching 5G in India at the India Mobile Congress


Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially declare the rollout of 5G in cities. The announcement was made at the India Mobile Congress in Delhi. Airtel has stated that it would begin rolling out 5G in eight cities. Jio wants to launch 5G in select cities first, with the goal of covering the entire country by 2023.

In the initial phase, 5G will be available in thirteen cities. However, as providers such as Airtel have stated, full 5G coverage will take time, possibly until 2024. Vodafone-Idea has not yet specified a timeline for the implementation of its 5G ambitions, but specifics should be confirmed soon.

5G is the next generation of mobile communication networks, and it is expected to provide substantially higher speeds and a broader range of use cases than 4G. The deployment of 5G is expected to boost the adoption of cloud gaming, AR/VR technology, the Internet of Things, and other technologies. 5G has a number of enterprise applications. Statements from leading companies like Nokia, Tech Mahindra, Comviva, Esri India, MediaTek, Telecom Sector Skill Council.

Manish Vyas, President, Communications, Media and Entertainment Business, and CEO, Network Services, Tech Mahindra said,“5G ecosystem will unlock immense opportunities for industries across sectors, allowing them to experiment with myriad ideas to innovate and fuel the next level of growth possibilities. 5G is not just a generational leap in Network technology, it is a platform for Innovation. I often say that 5G is like the last piece of the Industry 4.0 jigsaw puzzle, that will spearhead the next wave of digital disruption, taking us a step closer to realizing our dream of Atmanirbhar Bharat and technological supremacy. We are extremely excited about 5G and would like to congratulate the government and the people of India on this momentous day that has made 5G a reality.

Agendra Kumar, MD, Esri India said, “The launch of 5G is truly a watershed moment for us and we are proud to be a part of this journey. As we enter this new dawn of technological disruption, the advent of 5G will not only revolutionize the Indian telecom industry but will have a huge social, economic, and global impact. In all this, GIS technology and geospatial infrastructure will play a pivotal role in helping Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) in designing and managing their networks, assets, and operations in an integrated way, and be agile enough to grow as their business requirements change, while ensuring next-generation customer experience. Together, 5G and GIS will play a transformational role in the success of Digital India.”

Sanjay Malik, Sr. Vice President and Head of India Market, Nokia said ,Nokia is committed towards and fully prepared to support our partners in ushering in the 5G era in India. We welcome all measures taken by the Government to facilitate the deployment of 5G technology. Our global experience in 5G rollouts shows that it will provide a strong impetus to socioeconomic growth and industrial development, contributing to the GDP and mission of Digital Bharat.

Anku Jain, Managing Director, MediaTek India said ,5G will usher in a new wave of opportunities for businesses, unlocking the next level of growth for the country. More than just seamless connectivity and fast speed, 5G technology is going to revolutionize businesses and industries, enhancing advancements, and innovation & R&D while also improving customer experiences. 5G will be a key driver for Digital India initiatives and realizing Design in India opportunities leveraging disruptive technologies like AI, cloud, IoT, and others across the ecosystem. We foresee India becoming a major hub for cutting-edge semiconductor R&D and design and the rollout of 5G services will accelerate the next wave of digital transformation. MediaTek congratulates the people of India and we are extremely proud to be a part of this significant milestone in India’s journey towards atmanirbharta.”

Arvind Bali, CEO, Telecom Sector Skill Council said,We applaud our hon’ble PM on this landmark announcement of the long-waited launch of 5G services in India. Numerous opportunities will arise for the skilled workforce in India as the demand for 5G services rises. For an estimate, in FY2021–2022 around 36,000+ competent workers were needed in India for 5G and allied technologies. Due to the increased use of internet services and apps, the demand for better telecom networks, and currently the implementation of 5G network, this gap will only widen. In order to meet this demand, TSSC has already developed courses in 5G and related technologies and created multiple Centers of Excellence and training centres across the country. To close this gap, we have also teamed up with various government, academic, and business stakeholders. India is home to a sizable talent pool, hence it is crucial that the youth is skilled, upskilled, or reskilled for this new network technology.

Manoranjan (Mao) Mohapatra, CEO, Comviva said,The rollout of 5G network in India will be a crucial enabler for digital transformation. We applaud our hon’ble PM on announcing the launch of the 5G services in the country. Apart from catering to the customers, the 5G technology will also add an intrinsic value to the enterprise segment in the country. The global market for 5G-enabled business applications is expected to grow to $20 billion USD over the five years and India will be a critical contributor to this expansion. 5G will not only improve connectivity across the country but also reinvent the customer experience for telco consumers apart from the traditional calling and internet services.