Dawn of a new era: PM Modi rolls out 5G mobile services in 8 cities: The Tribune India

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 1

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched 5G phone services that promise to provide high-speed internet on mobile phones, saying it marked the beginning of a new era.

In the first phase, 13 cities will receive 5G services. These are Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Gandinagar, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Jamnagar, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Pune.

What does it mean to subscribers?

  • Mobile phone companies will have to shut down 3G networks that rely on outdated technology
  • Old cell phones will not be able to make or receive calls and texts or use data services
  • It will affect 3G phones and some older 4G phones that don’t support Voice over LTE
  • For 2G users, which is only offered by BSNL, a new phone must be purchased

Bharti Airtel, India’s No. 2 operator, has launched its services in eight cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi and Bengaluru. Reliance Jio, the country’s largest operator with the most subscribers, will launch 5G services at four metro stations later this month, while Vodafone Idea, the third operator, has not yet indicated any rollout schedule. Launching the services, Prime Minister Modi said, “Today is a special day for the 5th largest economy in the world. Over 130 Crore Indians get a great gift in the form of 5G. It is the dawn of a new era…the beginning of an infinite sky of opportunity.”

India back

The 5G network could boost India’s emergence as the world’s intelligence capital. Jio will launch its services by 2023. —Mukesh Ambani, Reliance JIO

new opportunities

It is the beginning of a new era… that will open up a sea of ​​opportunity for people, especially in rural areas. —Sunil Bharti Mittal, Bharti Airtel

The cornerstone of growth

A transformative event that demonstrates India’s prowess on the global stage… Communication is the bedrock of India’s growth. — Kumar Mangalam Birla, Vodafone Idea

He said that the new India will not just remain a consumer of technology, but will play an active role in its development and implementation.”

He noted the extent to which India is dependent on other countries for second, third and fourth generation technologies. “But with 5G, India made history. India is setting a global standard in telecom technology for the first time Prime Minister Modi commented. Focusing on digital India, the prime minister said the initiative was built on four pillars – hardware cost, digital connectivity, data cost, and a digital first approach. “This approach has increased India’s mobile manufacturing units from just two in 2014 to over 200 now. India has the lowest data charges in the world and the number of internet users has grown to Rs 80 crore from just Rs 6 crore in 2014. Also Digital payments have increased.”

After researching the previous UPA government, he said that technology had truly become democratized, which was made possible by the right intentions of his government. “This is the difference between intentions during the 2G era and the 5G era,” he said, referring to the alleged 2G spectrum assignment scam.

The prime minister said it was the government that went ahead and eased the way for digital payments. He said the use of 5G technology will not only provide fast access to the internet, but it has the potential to change lives.

About 5G technology

The fifth generation wireless or 5G is the latest iteration of cellular technology, and is designed to increase the speed of cross-linked wireless networks. With 5G, data can travel at multi-Gigabit speeds, with a potential peak of up to 10 Gbps

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