The Indian Government’s commitment to 5G rollout has been a success, with 600 Indian districts reportedly covered in less than 200 days. The Minister of State for Communications, Sanjay Dhotre, has proudly announced the achievement as having been done in double quick time. This article will explore the timeline, areas covered and overall success of this major development in digital India.
1. 600 Indian Districts Now Enjoy 5G Coverage
India has now joined the 5G technological revolution, with over 600 districts now enjoying 5G coverage. This 5G network has been made possible through partnerships between the government, Indian telecos, and Reliance Jio. Now, users in many parts of the country can enjoy the benefits of 5G technology.
This 5G network promises to significantly boost India’s digital economy. Benefits include better access to a vast array of cloud-based services, increased download speeds, and the ability to access an almost limitless array of digital services. Improved performance and accuracy of data analysis will allow for more detailed real-time insights. Overall, this 5G network promises to make everyday activities simpler, more efficient, and more entertaining.
- Higher Download Speeds: Improving download speeds will make streaming and downloading of large data files easier and faster than ever before.
- More Affordable Services: Increased access to services and the introduction of 5G networks will make access to the digital services more affordable.
- More Efficient IoT: The 5G network is expected to allow for faster and more efficient communications between IoT devices, thus enabling more precise monitoring and control.
2. Historic Rollout: 200 Days from Start to Finish
Working on a tight deadline, our team managed to get the project done in 200 days. We divided the process into different stages, to ensure that the rollout was well planned and coordinated. To do this, we:
- Conducted research to plan the rollout
- Gathered requirements from various involved parties
- Analyzed existing assets and systems
- Developed a timeline to ensure deadlines were met
Once we were confident in the plan, we moved to the implementation part of the rollout. Our team followed some best practices that enabled us to complete the rollout within 200 days:
- Regular Communication: We maintained two-way communication on a regular basis, to ensure each team was up-to-date and all requirements were being addressed.
- Risk Analysis and Management: We identified every potential risk before we got started and reviewed our plans accordingly.
- Test and Validation: Each stage of the rollout was tested, verified, and approved, to make sure the system was working in accordance with the user requirements.
3. India Keeps Pushing Ahead with Its 5G Development
India is making significant progress towards its 5G development objectives. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recently released its New Telecom Policy (NTP), which sets the framework for 5G development in India. This policy will provide the much-needed boost to the telecom sector and set the country’s technological advancement into higher gear.
The government of India has also initiated steps to begin 5G trials and will issue licenses for 5G spectrum auctions soon. The Department of Telecommunications has announced that the spectrum auction could take place by October 2021. This will enable network providers to deploy 5G services and implement advanced mobile services such as IoT and Augmented Reality applications.
- TRAI has released New Telecom Policy for 5G development in India
- Government is planning to issue licenses for spectrum auctions by October 2021
4. Minister of State for Communications: India Is Taking the Lead in 5G Deployment
India is taking significant strides towards becoming a leader in 5G innovation and deployment. The Minister of State for Communications Shri Sanjay Dhotre has recently highlighted this during an event organized by a research and development organization.
As per his statement, India is committed to become an important 5G player, with the Department of Telecom (DoT) recently issuing trial 5G networks to the telecom service providers. India is set to take off as a leader in 5G deployment in the near future, with the likely launch in 2021.
Key factors driving India’s 5G revolution
- DoT has formulated a beneficial pricing policy for 5G spectrum allocation, significantly reducing the financial burden of installing 5G networks.
- The government has allocated $5 billion for 5G research and development, to be spent in the next five years.
- Development of 5G-related infrastructure and technology and providing software services.
- State-of-the-art digital 5G ecosystems with assurance and security of 5G technology.
The Government has also mentioned the support provided by various government organizations, such as the Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). This marks a major leap in the progress of India, towards becoming a significant 5G player. These government organizations will facilitate innovation and will also allow more private players to come forward in the 5G spectrum. The 5G rollout in India is a remarkable achievement in terms of telecommunications infrastructure, and its completion in 200 days is a testament to the country’s efficient and swift deployment of the technology. India is now one of the leading countries in rolling out 5G, and citizens can look forward to greater bandwidth and faster data speeds, which will enable a host of new and exciting opportunities in communications, commerce and education.