How Far is India from The 5G Revolution?
Being at the cusp of a digital revolution, India is powered by increasing broadband and internet penetration, exponential data uptake. The revolution is likely to bring in growth, productivity and has the power to transform the socio-economic fabric of the country. The upcoming era of wireless technology 5G brings-in several life-changing innovations.
The introduction of fifth-generation wireless networks will change the day-to-day lives of people, as telecom firms spend billions on the current network and new technologies to get ready for the next-gen of wireless service. In the next decade, billions of connected devices will come online and will be transmitting more data without any failure.
5G technology will make use of the new frequencies of spectrum, i.e. the radio waves that are used to have cellular signals. However, smarter devices and appliances are entering the market every year and the analysts believe that the introduction of 5G will enable a faster and more efficient infrastructure to get ready for the Internet of Things.
“The global wireless communications industry has begun preparing for the rollout 5G with the promise of offering consumers faster speeds that can potentially change how people and the Internet of Things (IoT) enabled devices communicate. According to the State of Digital Lifestyle research report, 2019 commissioned by Limelight Networks, expectations that 5G networking will bring faster download speeds are highest in India, with 88.2 per cent expecting to see an improved performance”, says Ashwin Rao, Director, Limelight Networks.
Understanding the importance and potential of 5G, the number of operators who are investing in technology is increasing rapidly. Almost 20 per cent of the operators are already getting in conducting field trials and testing 5G. A sense of urgency and eagerness can be seen concerning the arrival of 5G in India. Unlike 2G, 3G and 4G, the 5G technology will be likely to witness a timely arrival in line with the global launch. It is believed that some of the network suppliers started the 5G trials with Indian operators in the second half of 2017. 5G will pave way for innovative business models with many new intermediaries that focus on connectivity, service differentiation, content and applications.
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