India will soon be on the 5G wagon, joining a select band of countries with commercial 5G communication services. During May 2019, after Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad had set a target of a 100 day window for 5-G trials in the country. It’s the first time after 2016, that a push for spectrum auction has been put through.
With Modi Ji’s fast pace moves in the Digital space, Indian customers will soon be able to access the power of 5G telecommunication services. The auction of the 5G spectrum for mobile companies is foreseen to be completed roughly before the end of the year.
Quoting to a popular source recently, the union minster said –
“It shall be our endeavour that 5G technology is also used for deprived sections, social causes, education and health, and for bringing technology to rural people”
With 5G technology in the country, one can look forward to faster data connections, and download speeds up to 1 gigabite per second. As per reports, Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodafone Idea are reportedly getting ready to join the 5G bandwagon. It is said that, a 5G antenna can support up to 1 million users, while the 4G antenna can only take a maximum of 100,000 devices.
4G’s highest speed at its best is 1 megabit per second., while with 5G one can expect speeds up to 1 gigabite per second. The 5G technology can zoom data transmission speeds about ten times of 4G
Telecommunication Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had said earlier this month that the Government would begin with the 5 G trials in 100 days. Major 5G equipment makers like Huawei, Ericsson, Samsung and Nokia are expected to take part in the trials, following the auction.
According to reports, the government is keen on setting up a lakh digital villages, and an attempt to give weightage to domestic manufacturing of telecom equipment under Prime Minister Modi’s Make in India programme.
The telecom ministry said, “Five lakh wifi hotspots will be established on a priority basis. We will ensure that the hotspots reach areas that need digital inclusion,” (Quoting a popular source)
The ministry has also been laying stress on working up the quality of telecom infrastructure in rural areas of India. Digital inclusion would mean taking benefits of the digital revolution and taking it to rural parts of the country.
Following is an analysis of popular countries that come in the 5G wave, and are or will be reaping benefits of the new technology. As per The Wire
South Korea has pioneered the 5G technology’s commercial use by introducing it in substantial areas from April 2019.
South Korea’s SK Telecom has 38,000 base stations, KT Corporation 30,000 and LG U Plus 18,000. About 85 per cent of the stations is deployed in six major cities including capital Seoul. The country has a target of luring 10 per cent of users to 5G by the end of the year.
China is about to launch 5G in a big way and aims at having 40 per cent of all 5G users in the world by 2025.
Japan plans to make a big splash with an extensive 5 G network by the 2020 Olympics.
The US has a limited number of base stations in the cities of Chicago and Minneapolis.
The UK has introduced services in some areas on an experimental basis.