Mukesh Ambani hints at ultra-high-speed 5G rollout in second half of 2021
- Billionaire Mukesh Ambani said that with 5G, India will lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution
- Jio Platforms offer world-class facilties in cloud computing, machine learning: Ambani
- RIL provides basic smartphones that enable internate access
Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) chairman Mukesh Ambani signalled towards rolling out 5G telecom services in the second half of 2021. He indicated the requirement of policy steps that ensure the early rollout of affordable and ubiquitous ultra-high-speed 5G services.
Ambani’s baby, Jio turned four this year and has conquered the first spot, tempting customers with free-voice calling and data at very reasonable rates. Ambani said that India could not rely on imports in this critical area and suggested developing hardware manufacturing in the country.
5G is the 5th generation mobile network that virtually connects everyone and everything together, including machines, objects, and devices.
India is today among the best digitally connected nations in the world, he said. However, the country still has an operational 2G network that offers only voice calling and text messaging.
"As many as 300 million mobile subscribers in India are still trapped in the 2G era. Urgent policy steps are needed to ensure that these underprivileged people have an affordable smartphone so that they too can benefit from direct benefit transfer into their bank accounts, and actively participate in the digital economy," Ambani added.
RIL offers low-priced smartphones that allow internet access.
"I can say with utmost confidence that 5G will enable India to not only participate in the Fourth Industrial Revolution but also to lead it," he said.
The Indian economy and Indian society strives towards digitalisation, the demand for hardware will also increase. India has advanced in chip design, he said.
"I clearly foresee India becoming a major hub for the state-of-the-art semiconductor industry," he said. "When all the stakeholders work together, we can surely ensure that India's success in hardware will match our success in software", he added.
Jio Platforms, together with its family of over 20 start-up allies, has built world-class capabilities in artificial intelligence, cloud computing, big data, machine learning, the internet of things and blockchain. They aim at creating home-grown solutions in education, healthcare, agriculture, infrastructure, financial services and new commerce, Ambani said.
India has two assets -- the confluence of three D's — vibrant democracy, young demography and digital transformation, and the visionary and dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi – that will make India the world’s pre-eminent digital society, he said.
The outbreak of COVID-19 pushed people to the confines of their homes where they worked online, studied online, shopped online, received healthcare online, socialised online, played online. So, high-speed 4G connectivity infrastructure was India’s Digital Lifeline, he said.
"India can — and India will — prove cynics wrong by becoming a USD 5 trillion economy," he said. "It will be a more equal India, with increased incomes, increased employment, and improved quality of life for 1 billion Indians at the middle and bottom of the economic pyramid", Ambani added.