Anirbaan Hritiq

After a long wait, and the most expensive spectrum auction ever, finally 5G network has been launched in India on 1st October 2022. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the fifth-generation telecommunication network on the occasion of the 6th edition of the Indian Mobile Congress (IMC) in New Delhi.

The initial roll-out will cover 13 cities which includes Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Gandhinagar, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Jamnagar, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Pune. Telecom service provider Jio which was the highest bidder in the auction spending more than Rs 88,000 crore, said it will launch 5G services for its users in primary metro cities Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai by Diwali this year. Meanwhile, the second highest-bidder Bharti Airtel notified, it will cover all urban cities by the end of 2023, and by 2024 it will be available in maximum towns and rural areas.

Meanwhile, the country is getting ready to enjoy new thrills of life with the pace of 5G. Before the potential launch of the 5th generation network, it has been a subject of multiple debates and arguments. The environmentalists have been trying to give a shady colour to the modernisation of telecommunication networks by talking about its adverse effect on nature, and the life forms.

The telecommunication network has undergone massive changes in the last three decades to come into the position it is today from 1G to 5G, there was always massive progress to adopt new technological changes. For example, the 1G network was all about voice, enabling its users to operate a mobile phone while driving or away from home, whereas 2G enhanced the user experience by adding the feature of texting messages giving it an edge over the previous generation.

Meanwhile, 3G emerged as a core of modern-day technological advancement as it opened avenues for the development of smart phones and adaptation of more sophisticated features in a handheld device. The introduction of 4G technology was all total a game changer as it added a boost to the speed of internet operations by daily users, giving opportunity for smooth video buffering, faster downloading and uploading speed, and it also aided online transactions making it a household affair. Today due to these technological advancements users are having a better life in terms of hassle-free day-to-day online operations.

The introduction of the 5G network will further add wings to India’s growing economy, e-governance model as well as corporate connectivity. The fifth-generation technology which has the potential to reach a peak speed of 20 Gbps, will eradicate the existing problems of connectivity and open new avenues of possibilities.