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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced on Tuesday during the budget presentation that 5G mobile services will be launched in fiscal year 2022-23

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced on Tuesday during the budget presentation that 5G mobile services will be rolled out in fiscal year 2022-23.

The fifth generation of mobile network will deliver higher data speeds, more reliability, massive network capacity and increased availability.

Let’s see how technology can revolutionize telecommunications and everything that the Minister of Finance announced during the budget:

What is 5G

– The fifth generation of broadband cellular networks is the successor to the 4G networks that connect most mobile phones at present.

– It promises to deliver higher performance and improved efficiency across networks.

– The 5G network is designed to connect virtually anyone and everything, including machines, objects and devices.

– The 5G networks will have greater bandwidth, so they offer higher download speeds that are expected to be at least 10 times faster than 4G LTE, according to wireless industry trade group GSMA.

– To put it in perspective, it would be fast enough to download a two-hour movie in less than 10 seconds, which would have taken about seven minutes with 4G.

– According to CNN, Having greater bandwidth will also mean that it can handle more connected devices than previously possible, further leading to no more spotty service in enviable areas.

What Nirmala Sitharaman announced

The Minister of Finance said that the government will hold a spectrum auction this year, which will facilitate the rollout of 5G services by private telecom operators in the fiscal year 2022-23.

She said a production-led design scheme will be launched to build a strong 5G ecosystem as part of the production-linked incentive scheme (PLI).

To enable affordable broadband and mobile services proliferation in rural and remote areas, 5 percent of the annual collections under the Universal Service Commitment Fund will be allocated.

With the launch of 5G service, the government will aim to increase the penetration of mobile networks into rural areas so that the residents can have the same access to e-services, communication facilities and digital resources as compared to the urban population.

The minister said the contract for laying glass fiber in all villages, including remote areas, will be awarded through the BharatNet project through PPP in 2022-23. It is expected to be ready in 2025.

5G in India

According to media reports, 5G services will be launched for the first time in major cities including Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad.

Major telecom companies including Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vi are testing their 5G networks. According to NDTV, The government is also discussing with telco and other stakeholders about the spectrum auctions that will set up the final phase for 5G streaming.

According to a report by the Times of India, the government will give a massive push to telecom infrastructure across the country by adding as many as eight lakh mobile towers, more than double the current number, over the next two years.

The government will also aim to connect three of the four mobile towers via glass fiber to increase its data-carrying capacity.

With input from agencies

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