The third edition of India Mobile Congress commenced today in NewDelhi with major focus on the upcoming 5G technologies in India. From a car that keeps tabs on your driver’s activity to an aerial disaster management vehicle that can conduct search and rescue operations, telecom operators are set to offer a flavour of 5G-enabled applications at the second edition of the India Mobile Congress in New Delhi. Telecom industry leaders Sunil Mittal of Bharti Airtel, Kumar Mangalam Birla of Vodafone Idea and Mukesh Ambani of Reliance Industries Ltd will attend the inaugural session of the three-day flagship event on Thursday, where cabinet ministers Manoj Sinha, Nitin Gadkari and Ravi Shankar Prasad will also be present. The event will also showcase SKYSHIP, a 5G emergency rescue platform developed by Korea Telecom. The platform operates a balloon-shaped aircraft with a mobile communication centre on board, which can remotely control drones and robots to carry out search and rescue operations in case of disasters. Through India Mobile Congress, the government aims to promote India as a vibrant telecom market. The event is being held against the backdrop of a tariff war following the entry of Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd in September 2016, which forced several telcos to shut shop or merge with rivals to survive. Revenues of all operators except Reliance Jio have shrunk over the past several quarters.
Kim is confident about the capabilities of 5G technology. “5G will enable seamless machine to machine to human communication, Facilitate smart Agriculture, and make technologies such as robotics and AI possible,” he says.
Ravi Shankar says that mobile phones are integral to realizing the dreams of a digital India.
India is the third biggest smartphone market in the world. It also has one of the highest mobile phone usage density in the world. Ravi Shankar says that mobile phones are integral to realizing the dreams of a digital India.
IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad takes the stage, explains the vast amount of mobile phone users, and massive penetration of Internet in the country. India also has a massive social media presence along with one of the highest user growth in terms of Internet users.
Aruna Sundararajan says that 5G development in the country will be handled by three government departments. India is also the fastest growing telecom market in the world making 5G a very viable option in the country along with AI, smart cities, IoT and more.