Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 6th Edition of the India Mobile Congress 2022 (IMC-2022), which is scheduled to take place from October 1-4, 2022, in Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, as well as debut 5G services in India on Saturday, October 1.
Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone Idea, the nation’s three telecom providers, will each propose a few use cases for the technology.
The Ministry of Communications stated in a press release, “The introduction of 5G services comes after years of careful planning. Recently, 5G spectrum auctions were successfully held, and Telecom Service Providers received 51,236 MHz with a gross revenue of Rs. 1,50,173 Crores. The auction brought together the desire for a strong 5G ecosystem that can support its IoT, M2M, AI, Edge Computing, Robotics, etc. use cases.”
“5G can unleash new economic opportunities and societal benefits giving it the potential for being a transformational force for Indian society. It will help the country leapfrog the traditional barriers to development, spur innovations by startups and business enterprises as well as advance the ‘Digital India’ vision. The cumulative economic impact of 5G on India is expected to reach $450 Billion by 2035,” the release stated.
The main goal of the IMC-2022, which has as its subject “Encapsulate, Engage and Experience a New Digital Universe,” is to promote new technologies, particularly indigenous ones and give citizens access to 5G usage and applications.
Other goals include encouraging regional and international cooperation, encouraging inclusive and sustainable development, encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation, and stimulating both foreign and domestic investment.
Over 5,000 CXOs and Delegates, 250+ Exhibitors, 100+ Start-ups, 300+ Speakers, and over 70,000 participants and visitors are anticipated.
Mukesh Ambani, the chairman of Reliance Industries, Sunil Bharti Mittal, and Kumar Mangalam Birla, the chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, are reportedly attending. To commemorate the introduction of the technology in the nation, the three telecom providers have produced use cases for 5G technology in the industries of entertainment, education, and healthcare.
According to earlier announcements from Jio and Bharti, the commercial launch will take place later in the month, around Diwali.
Due to the financial difficulties the telco is experiencing, there are some doubts surrounding the launch of services by Vodafone Idea. However, it is understood that the company will not be behind in launching 5G services; rather, its scale may be modest in comparison to the other two players.
For now, the carriers are not considering charging increased prices for 5G services. Users of specific 4G tariff plans may instead be upgraded to 5G. This is simple to do because, unlike the transition from 3G to 4G, no new SIM card is needed for the update.
Only about 8% of mobile devices in the nation at this time support 5G. Sales of 5G-capable smartphones are anticipated to increase in the upcoming months.