Nowadays, everybody is talking about 5G technology and related services and handsets, but they know that it is in a visualization mode as of now. The thought of 5G creates trouble for them as well as for me; I was looking for a new mobile set, but should I wait for a 5G handset or repair my 4G set as 2020 is not so far?
From streaming to downloading, people are looking for easy, convenient, and fast technology for their day-to-day work. They are passionate to adopt new things; downloading apps is one of the popular trends among the youth. Rural India is not far from adopting these new trends; rural youth set their goals via the internet through different kinds of apps in their smart phones and their interest is in being multi lingual (including English) through apps. 5G technology will definitely play an important role for rural India in terms of socio-economic development.
My biggest worry is about the senior citizens; majority of them still use the 2G sets and have little access to the internet and internet-bound applications like WhatsApp; will the technologies like 2G, 3G, and 4G remain there even after 5G. If not, then surely senior citizens will have to go for 5G mobile sets for their daily communications. In a way, it is good to have integrated development for all of us, but we need to analyze the cost of 5G services.
5G is not less than glamorous for me as it will change the life of every individual irrespective of caste, creed, religion, or gender. From Mattan–Kashmir to Kanyakumari–Tamil Nadu, we will see tremendous changes in terms of medical services, educational services, financial services, awareness of all things, and employment.
The sooner 5G arrives in our lives, the sooner the dream for a new India will take off. The journey of 5G starts from Delhi on September 28, 2018 at Hotel ITC Maurya, where the 5G Summit aims to bring in industry captains together to share their insights and will focus on how 5G can be the right catalyst in spearheading India to the next 5G-enabled digital revolution.
The author is Deepak Sidha, Deputy Director, Confederation of Indian Industry