Ambani pitches for 5G rollout, affordability


New Delhi – Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani on Wednesday pitched for India making the rollout of 5G technology standard for broadband cellular networks as a national priority to support the digital revolution.

                Speaking at the India Mobile Congress, he said India must complete the migration from 2G to 4G and 5G at the earliest.

“To keep millions of Indians at the bottom of the socio-economic pyramid confined to 2G is to deprive them of the benefits of the digital revolution,” he said.

He said that rollout of 5G should be India’s national priority and placed his five idea that would enable India a true digital leader at global platform.

His ideas are – India Must complete the migration from 2G to 4G/5G at the earliest, Roll-out of 5G should be the India’s national priority, Affordable device and applications USO fund can be used to subsidise device to select target groups, Ubiquitous Fiber Connectivity should be completed across India on Mode and focus beyond connectivity – on the critical components of the digital eco-system.

“We should not lose sight of the fact that affordability has been a critical driver of the phenomenally rapid expansion of the mobile subscriber base in India. India should move towards greater digital inclusion, and not greater digital exclusion,” he said.

                Also, fibre connectivity should be completed across India on a mission mode, said Ambani.


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