Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched 5G telephony services that promise to provide ultra high-speed internet on mobile phones, saying it marks the beginning of a new era and presents a sea of opportunities. Is.
The Prime Minister launched 5G services in select cities at the India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2022 conference. The services will progressively cover the entire country over the next few years.
“5G marks the beginning of a new era and presents a sea of opportunities,” he said.
He said that while the country is dependent on foreign countries for technology for 2G, 3G and 4G telecom services, India has created history with 5G.
The Prime Minister said that his government’s vision for ‘Digital India’ was based on four pillars – cost of equipment, digital connectivity, data cost and digital-first approach.
This approach has seen mobile manufacturing units in India grow from just two in 2014 to over 200 now, reducing the cost of handsets.
Stating that India now has the world’s lowest data charges, he said that from Rs 300 per 1 GB of data in 2014, the tariffs have come down to Rs 10 per GB.
According to the average consumption of 14 GB data per month, the cost of data has come down from Rs 4,200 to Rs 125-150, he said.
With zero export, the country is now shipping phones worth crores of rupees. Also, there has been an increase in digital payments, he pointed out.
Technology has really become democratized now, he said.
Taking a jibe at the previous Congress-led UPA government, he said it was possible because of the right intentions of his government.
“This is the difference between the intention of 2G and the intention of 5G (it is the difference between the intentions during the 2G era and the 5G era),” he said in reference to the alleged 2G spectrum allocation scam.
Capable of supporting ultra-high-speed internet, the fifth generation or 5G service is expected to unleash new economic opportunities and social benefits while serving as a transformative force for Indian society.
After the launch, all three major telecom operators demonstrated a use case to showcase the potential of 5G technology in India.
Billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio connected a teacher from a Mumbai school with students from three different locations in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Odisha.
It demonstrated how 5G would facilitate education by bringing teachers closer to students, bridging the physical distance between them. It demonstrated the power of on-screen Augmented Reality (AR) and also demonstrated how it is being used to remotely teach children across the country, without the need for an AR device.
PM Modi interacted with school children in the demo case, asked them about their favorite subject and how the use of technology has helped in learning.
The Vodafone Idea test case demonstrated the safety of workers in an under-construction tunnel of the Delhi Metro through the construction of a ‘digital twin’ of the tunnel at Dios. The digital twin will help in delivering safety alerts to workers in real time from a remote location.
PM Modi interacted with the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi VK Saxena as well as the tunnel workers.
In the Airtel Demo, a girl from Uttar Pradesh witnessed a vibrant and immersive education experience to learn about the Solar System with the help of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.
The girl shared her learning experience with the Prime Minister by appearing on the stage through a hologram.
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