5G Technology-Game-Changer for India

5G is a very important technological development and a combination of Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, cloud services and data explosion will lead us to a completely different domain of 5G deliberated Mr. S.K Gupta (ITS), Secretary, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in an interactive webinar organized by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry on ‘5G Technology: India’s Journey Post COVID’.

Mr. Gupta spoke about how telecom has become a vital backbone of our economy and even the development of a country’s GDP depends on it. He mentioned that fast deployment of 5G is required and enhanced mobile broadband, latency applications etc will lead to better adoption as people are more than ready for it.

Throwing light on some of the challenges & precautions that we need to take in order to adopt 5G, Mr. Gupta further added that data privacy and data security are needed to be taken care of so as to avoid misuse of data. In order to be ready for 5G, we need to work on proper optical fiber connectivity and bandwidth. 5G would be a collaborative effort of system integrators, device manufacturers, OEMs, TSPs, ISPs etc, said Mr. Gupta.

Mr. Amit Marwah, Head of Marketing & Corporate Affairs, Nokia India in his presentation spoke about how this year has given a new meaning to data growth and on the impact of COVID-19 on 2020 network traffic trends.

He also elaborated on how homes & business are connected with 5G by getting home broadband for gaming and HD videos, serving ‘ultra-broadband’ to areas where fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) is uneconomical and connecting small and medium businesses with guaranteed reliability for business-critical applications. He also mentioned as to how automation and robotics driven use-cases are emerging from the pandemic in the field of manufacturing, healthcare, retail, autonomous vehicles and video analytics.

Mr. Marwah emphasized on the fact that for digital transformation we need to prepare for big changes; address the digital skill gap and then ride the wave. He also said that 5G technology will lead to the acceleration of Industry 4.0.

Mr. Sandeep Aggarwal, Mentor, Telecom Committee, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry while giving an overview about the evolution of technology in the world, catering to the needs and growing demands of the public, mentioned that post COVID-19, we have understood that digital is the way forward and how we are improving our capability to assimilate information in a better way. We need to develop our infrastructure, increase the towers and increase the installation of fiber kilometers so that the connectivity reaches every part of the country. He encouraged foreign private investors and telecom players to invest in technology in India.

Mr. Anil Khaitan, Former President, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry mentioned that the pandemic has transformed consumer behaviour and habits & how people have started to rely completely on digital solutions now. Work and entertainment have become virtual and companies have to adapt to this to provide digital experience to its customers employees.

He added that 5G will be a key driver for the Indian industry towards a better future and to be able to compete and succeed globally. It will help drive sustainable economic growth and define India’s next decade of innovation. The pandemic has accelerated the demand for connectivity with consumers and professionals, relying on high quality and high-speed internet performance. 5G could be critical in enabling businesses to maintain operations and remain resilient & agile in the phase of any future destruction, said Mr. Anil Khaitan.

Mr. Alok Mukherjee, Co-Chairman, Telecom Committee, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry delivered the formal vote of thanks to the panellists for their insightful thoughts and views on 5G Technology. He said that 5G will change the way we interact with technology & would not only guarantee higher data capacity and speed, but also provide the capacity to connect billions of devices. He also added that digitalization has also made digital entrepreneurship possible and accelerated the e-commerce industry.

The webinar was moderated by Dr. Yogesh Srivastav, Principal Director, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry and was also attended by Prof N.K Goyal, Chairman E TEMA and President CMAI along with many senior member of PHD Chamber, senior embassy officials and stalwarts from the telecom industry.

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