India is the second most populated nation in the world and with over 10 million active internet users monthly, our nation is fast approaching cent percent digital literacy. Challenges like poor connectivity, complex infrastructure and poor transparency are currently holding back the rate of development. To fully tackle these challenges and pace the growth of the country, India had initiated a campaign called 'Digital India' on the 1st of July 2015.
Digital India campaign operates with the intention to connect rural areas with high-speed internet, facilitating digital literacy. This campaign had promised to deposit digital infrastructure across the country and provide on-demand services for every citizen. As a part of the campaign - Government of India had implemented various tools and services to empower citizens digitally.
India is now building momentum to ensure its digital initiatives reach every last citizen of the country. Harnessing 5G would be an ideal solution to accelerate India’s digital aspirations. Two years ago, the Government High-Level 5G India 2020 forum has said that 'new age 5G technology has the potential for a major societal transformation in India'. This statement has given much hype in bringing 5G technology to the country.
According to an Interview with The Economic Times, Communication Minister of India Manoj Sinha has said:
"The economic impact of 5G is expected to be over one trillion dollars for India, and the consequent multiplier effect is expected to be much more"
5G is not a clear upgrade from prior generations such as 4G, 3G, 2G and so on. It is an enhancement on existing Long Term Evolution(LTE) that possess more capabilities. This fifth generation of wireless networks provides higher bandwidth, faster speeds, and lower latency.
Performance of the 5G network is to be far superior to prior generations of communication systems. It also provides better connectivity and coverage - covering a diverse spectrum of applications. The 5G technology is said to aim beyond the traditional voice and data, enabling latest technology interventions. The primary focus of 5G mobile communications will be to orchestrate technologies like Artificial Intelligence(AI), Internet of Things(IoT), and Virtual Reality(VR) and as a whole provide a new dimension of services towards a smooth running digital India.
Digital India also believes that the capabilities of 5G technology will reflect more on core sectors of the country like Agriculture, Healthcare, and Education. It could be a game changer for all government initiated digital flagship programs and help the public access complete digital service offerings.