What the arrival of 5G implies for India’s telecom industry?

At the opening of the Indian Mobile Congress in New Delhi, Modi will usher in the upcoming era of mobile connection with the titans of the Indian telecom industry, including Sunil Mittal, chairman of Bharti Airtel, and Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries.

According to the programme, the prime minister will tour the venue and stop by a number of booths set up by companies involved in the mobile telecommunications industry. Modi will also go over test instances where 5G was effectively employed in indigenous technologies, farming, herding cattle, and cleaning rivers, to name a few activities unique to India.

After several days of the auction, the mega auction for the 5G spectrum came to an end on August 1. The government received bids totalling more than a record Rs 1.5 lakh crore, breaking the previous high of Rs 1.09 lakh crore set in the 2015 auction.

Low (600 MHz, 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz), mid (3300 MHz), and high (26 GHz) frequency ranges were used for the auction.

Including 220 MHz in the 700 MHz band in 22 circles, 20 MHz in the 800 MHz band split across four circles, 60 MHz across six circles, 2,440 MHz in the 1800 MHz band, and 22,000 MHz in the 5G spectrum, Reliance Jio has acquired a total of 24,740 megahertz.

Even the defence establishment is placing significant bets on 5G; the Indian Army intends to use the connectivity to improve the communication capabilities of frontline troops.

Even 5G gear providers are stepping up their game. Recently, Ericsson announced the launch of a new triple-band, tri-sector radio that, according to the company, can replace nine radios. According to Ericsson, Radio 6646 uses 40% less energy than triple-band single-sector radios while weighing 60% less, thanks to the use of aluminium, and has a smaller environmental impact.

The new radio is a small, 2G to 5G radio that includes the 900, 800, and 700 MHz, frequency bands. According to Ericsson, Radio 6646’s low-band spectrum capabilities will greatly improve mid-band (3.5GHz) performance and 5G penetration in an energy-efficient manner.

As 5G services are introduced in India on Saturday, CNBC-TV18 will be first in line to provide you with the most recent information.