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Qualcomm hopeful of faster 5G deployment in India

PTI New Delhi | Updated on December 09, 2018 Published on December 09, 2018

Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm is hopeful that 5G technology would be deployed in India at the same pace 4G networks were rolled out and noted the new-age technology offered great potential for consumers and enterprises alike.

Speaking to PTI, Qualcomm Incorporated President Cristiano Amon said he is extremely happy with the pace at which India transitioned from 3G to 4G. “When it happened, it happened very very fast. It’s remarkable what Reliance Jio has done and I think it clearly surprised everyone in the industry,” he noted.

Emphasising that 5G is going to have a “more profound impact on the industry”, Amon said he “would like India to be a 5G market as fast as we saw with 4G”. He added that Qualcomm is working with ecosystem players like regulators and device makers, globally including India for deployment of the new-generation 5G technology.

Apart from higher Internet speeds, the advent of the fifth generation of wireless system or 5G will also enable the massive Internet of Things (IoT) deployment that would significantly impact sectors like manufacturing, retail, education and healthcare, among others. While the Indian government is yet to announce a specific timeline, the industry wants spectrum auction to be held in the later part of 2019, following which 5G services could be rolled out. The Indian government is also upbeat on 5G deployment in the country with Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha recently saying that India “cannot afford to miss the 5G bus“.

Published on December 09, 2018
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