India ushers in ultra-high-speed telephony: PM Modi launches 5G services

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched the 5G telephony services in the country, ushering in an era of ultra-high-speed internet on mobile phones. The Prime Minister launched the 5G services in select cities at the India Mobile Congress 2022 conference. The services will progressively cover the entire country over the next couple of years. Capable of supporting ultra-high-speed internet, the fifth generation or 5G service is expected to unleash new economic opportunities and societal benefits, serving as a transformational force for Indian society. After the launch, all the three major telecom operators demonstrated one use case to show the potential of 5G technology in India. 

The cumulative economic impact of 5G on India is estimated to reach $450 billion by 2035.  

5G offers speed multiple times faster than 4G, supports lag-free connectivity, and can enable billions of connected devices to share data in real time. It will help in providing seamless coverage, high data rate, low latency, and highly reliable communications. Also, it will increase energy efficiency, spectrum efficiency and network efficiency. 5G technology will help in connecting billions of Internet of Things devices, allow higher quality video services with mobility at high speed, delivery of critical services such as telesurgery and autonomous cars, among others. 

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