Now that we are at par with the rest of the world in terms of adoption of 3G and 4G, the Indian government has announced its plan for 5G network deployment by 2020.
5G would be the latest addition to the generation of wireless networks – which would have endless advantages. It will be available in the band range of 3300 MHz and 3400 Mhz, and would drastically reduce buffer times, and have splendid speed connectivity (up to 100 times more than 4G). It’ll also be able to connect to a multitude of wireless devices like driverless cars, certain household appliances etc.
The government of India has set aside a research team and commissioned them. The team consists of researchers from IISc Bengaluru, IIT Madras, IIT Hyderabad and IIT Bombay etc and has already started working vigorously and filed about 100 patents, of which about 10 have already been granted.
An outlay of Rs 36.51 crores over three years starting from September 2015 has been incurred. Apart from the government, certain private companies are also the stakeholders to this program. These include Reliance Jio, Tejas Networks, Tata telecom services and certain other start-up ventures. According to a professor at IIT, Hyderabad, Mr. Kiran Kuchi “We are scaling up fast and switching gears because 5G is just around the corner.”
Only 25% of Indians have easy access to moderate speed internet all across India. It is expected that by 2020, this statistic will rise up to 45%. Therefore a deeper penetration for wireless tech is vital for growth and modernisation. It is anticipated that by the end of 2025, about 1.1 billion people globally would have an access to 5G service.