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India’s digital dream slowed down with delay in 5G roll out

As per various studies conducted across the globe, there is a huge potential of unlocking India’s digital economy by upgrading the digital infrastructure to enable 5G Rollout.

However, there have been indications that by the end of the current year or the beginning of 2022 India may see a rollout of 5G for specific users.

The slow progress in India has raised fears that 5G will tread the same path as its predecessors 2G, 3G and 4G, which were delayed by 4 years.

Data from Ookla Speedtest Global Index shows Indian mobile networks have, on average, recorded a decline in speeds during the period of lockdown.

Fixed broadband speeds have also shown a sharp decline.

As a result, India ranked a poor 131st among 163 countries in mobile networks and a middling 70th in broadband speeds currently.

Infact, the quick adoption of 5G technology, which has been in the works for some time now, can facilitate a quick ramp up in internet speeds in this country.

With networks being congested as the number of users increase, 5G has the capability to allow more devices to connect to a network and offer high download and upload speed.

The 5G technology has the capability to exponentially transform sectors such as communications, data management, analytics, fintech and healthcare.

It further includes sectors such as autonomous vehicles and entertainment facilitating smart cities, smart homes, and the IoT.

In terms of global progress, South Korea became the first country to launch a large-scale 5G network in April 2019.

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