Time Desk Report: India plans the rollout of 6G telecom network, which will provide ultra-high-speed internet connectivity, by the end of the decade, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today.
Addressing the silver jubilee function of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India in New Delhi, Modi said it is estimated that the 5G network rollout will add USD 450 billion to the Indian economy.
He said a task force has started work on the rolling out of the 6G network by the end of the decade.
At present, India has 3G and 4G telecom networks, and companies are gearing up to launch 5G over the next few months.
"This is not just increasing internet speed, but also the pace of development and creating jobs," Modi said, adding the 5G technology will bring positive change in the governance of the country, ease of living, and ease of doing business.
It will boost growth in agriculture, health, education, infrastructure, and logistics, he said.
Connectivity, Modi said, will determine India's progress in the 21st century and so modern-day infrastructure needs to be rolled out.
Taking a shot at the previous Congress-led UPA government, Modi said the 2G era was symbolic of policy paralysis and corruption.
The country, under his government, has moved transparently to 4G and is now going to 5G, Modi said.
Teledensity and internet users are fast expanding, he said, adding that mobile manufacturing units in India have expanded from 2 to over 200 and the country is now the world's biggest mobile manufacturing hub "bringing mobile phones within reach of the poorest of poor families."
Modi said his government was encouraging healthy competition that has led to India having one of the cheapest telecom data charges in the world.
The prime minister said that today India is connecting every village in the country with optical fiber. Before 2014, not even 100 village panchayats in India were provided with optical fiber connectivity, but today "We have made broadband connectivity reach about 1.75 lakh gram Panchayats. Hundreds of government services are reaching the villages because of this," he pointed out.