NEW DELHI: The latest fifth generation (5G) field trials conducted by telecom service providers demonstrate the industry’s willingness to embrace next-generation technology and the existence of huge opportunities in the country, said the Minister of State for Communications, Devusinh Chauhan.
âRecent trials of 5G technology by telecom service providers with global and indigenous technologies with specific applications in India have demonstrated the readiness of the industry and also the great opportunities that exist in India,â said the minister, adding that the telecommunications department, through its policies, has encouraged the local development of 5G technology and the results have been quite exciting.
Chauhan was speaking at the second edition of the ETTElecom Digital Telco Virtual Summit – 2021.
âIt is expected that by the third quarter of next year, we will have a locally designed, developed and manufactured 5G mobile network. We are not relying on our current success. We have also set up a working group for the development of 6G technology in the country, âsaid Chauhan.
In addition, he said that Indian telecom companies have successfully tested 4G mobile communication network elements and that the state-owned company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will soon deploy locally designed and manufactured 4G mobile networks.
In this time of (pandemic) crisis, Chauhan said the telecommunications industry has prepared well for the challenge and is not only up to the task, but better than ever.
“The use of telecommunications networks has increased since the pandemic. It has assumed a more important role in the development of the nation both sociologically and economically. Its contribution to GDP growth has increased,” he said. -he adds.
The government, he said, has launched a series of reforms and initiatives that would bring the sector to a new level and ultimately propel the digital economy to $ 1 trillion, which in turn would fuel India’s economy 5 Trillion dollars.
The government has taken several policy initiatives, which will catapult the entire telecommunications industry into a next higher orbit, he said, adding that the government has recently proposed several structural and procedural reforms, which have sparked a new vigor in the industry and have created an environment to unleash their true potential.
“I can also assure you that this is not a one-off exercise, the Modi government will continue to chart the course for reforms in the sector,” Chauhan added.
In September, the Center proposed a series of initiatives that included nine structural reforms and five procedural reforms to relieve telecommunications service operators.
In order to encourage investment, 100% of automatic foreign direct investment (FDI) allowed in the telecommunications sector with guarantees, and a long-standing demand for the rationalization of adjusted gross income (AGR) to suppress non-income. telecoms, has been accepted.
Chauhan said the growth of telecommunications networks since 2014 was unprecedented.
The number of base transceiver stations (BTS) has tripled from 8 lakhs to 23 lakhs, and usage has also increased exponentially, from 317 minutes per subscriber per month to 813, data usage is increased from 0.2 GB to 14 GB per user a month, according to him.
The price of data per gigabyte fell from Rs 200 in 2014 to less than Rs 10. Thus, India has experienced a revolution in the telecommunications sector in the past 7 years, he said, adding that this also highlights the success of government policies. .
“Let’s look at the telecommunications sector from another perspective. India is the largest democracy in the world and information technology and telecommunications make it more vibrant. If the telecommunications network reaches the last person, it strengthens democracy. “, said the minister, adding that the availability of information for citizens makes the system more accountable and transparent.
Additionally, he said connectivity improves governance for the betterment of the country, making it more responsive and accessible, while a strong network lays the foundation. “It has the capacity to transform a demographically young nation like India into a new India.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is banking on a national broadband initiative, BharatNet, which aims to connect more than 6 lakh villages, enabling it to digitally deliver a range of government services to citizens.