The new age of wireless connectivity in India

In India, the world of wireless technology is flourishing day by day and its pace has increased a lot in the last six years with internet and connectivity being made easily accessible in the country. 5G is not just an evolutionary upgrade of the previous generation of cellular, but it is a revolutionary technology envisioned that will eliminate the bounds of access, bandwidth, performance, and latency limitations on connectivity worldwide.

5G Technology working with areas of automation such as AI(Artificial Intelligence) and IOT(Internet of things)  has the potential to enable fundamentally new applications, industries, and business models and dramatically improve quality of life around the world via unprecedented use.

India will no longer be behind the technology curve following the timely launch of fifth-generation or 5G networks, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chairman Ram Sewak Sharma said on Tuesday. “Now, we have come to a stage where technology develops in India first. With 5G, we will no longer remain behind the technology curve,” Sharma said at the Telecom Summit 2020 organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association.

But he pointed to challenges like funds scarcity and low fibre backhaul for the deployment of the next gen technology in India. “There are less than a third of mobile towers connected to fibre backhaul when compared to China that has more than 80% connected,” Sharma said.

He added that the telecom sector should be treated as ‘strategic’ to serve citizens and that issues such as the Right-of-Way should be set right. “Telecom sector should not be considered as a money-making machine for local bodies,” Sharma said. He said some of the key features of next generation technology include low-latency communications, huge throughput and massive machine-to-machine communication.