IMC 2022 | PM Narendra Modi Launches 5G in India


India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched 5G services in India today while inaugurating the India Mobile Congress 2022 in New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan.

The 5G service is being launched in select cities today and it is set to progressively cover the entire country over the next couple of years, considerably transforming India’s digital landscape and drive inclusion to next level.

India’s telecom operators such as Reliance Jio and Airtel have already announced their plans to initiate 5G availability in a progressive manner in the country.

Opening new vistas for communications and digital inclusion, 5G is the next future-ready generation of mobile communication networks and is supposed to offer greater level of download and upload speeds along with greater level of network resiliency and wider use cases than 4G.

As India moves towards embracing this new era of 5G, the rollout of 5G will accelerate the adoption of unique use cases such as cloud-powered gaming, adoption of AR/VR technology, Internet of Things, e-Education, tele-medicine as well as technology led adoption of industrial automation etc.

Commenting on the 5G launch, Madhav Sheth, CEO realme India, VP, realme and President, realme International Business Group said, “realme has always been committed to providing the latest technologies to its users and 5G is one of the recent most exciting developments in our industry. As the first brand to launch a 5G enabled phone, we believe that 5G has the potential to bring together the entire ecosystem, which is why realme has dedicated 90% of its research and development efforts to 5G technologies and devices. With 5G being officially available now, we are looking forward to exploring the numerous opportunities it provides to us and will be directing our efforts into making this technology even more accessible to users. We have partnered with the leading telcos in India and have curated a host of bundle offers for our users. 85% of our devices already support SA and 100% of our devices will have full SA support by October. We are also rolling out OTA updates for our devices to ensure that all our users can make the most of 5G.”

“The launch of 5G services in India is a great move by the government towards building a digital-native community. By equipping us with high speed internet, low latency, and massive capacity, 5G will enable us to derive maximum benefits out of today’s highly distributed world of cloud, edge devices, and artificial intelligence. I think it would be interesting to witness 5G disrupting our lives further and leading to the creation of new industries, products and business models. While 4G unlocked the app economy, 5G is poised to unleash the true potential of a digital and connected India that we live in today,” said, Kunal Nagarkatti, CEO, Clover Infotech.

“5G will be a game-changer for tech transformation in India – We are increasingly seeing players in the technology industry and business community invest in building edge-computing environments to support AI-driven IoT. The advances it will bring – everything from self-driving cars and smart cities, to connected healthcare and industrial IoT, will truly revolutionize every sector and open new avenues for businesses across regions. 5G, with its machine-to-machine connectivity, will lead to an exponential increase in data. How enterprises leverage this data is what will define their future success,” said, Puneet Gupta, Managing Director & VP India/Saarc, NetApp.