India should not lag behind in embracing the 5G communication technology to help people keep pace with the demands of the heavy information flows.

“5G is going to be an essential technology. India should not be lagging behind countries such as Japan and the US (in adopting it),” Nivruti Rai, Country Head (Intel India) and Vice-President of Data Center Group of Intel Corporation, has said.

‘No job loss’

Delivering the keynote address at the i-Telangana organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) here on Tuesday, she felt that technologies such as artificial intelligence were not going to kill jobs as feared. “We won’t lose jobs. We will have more jobs as AI is leveraged in the future,” she said.

Rai said the number of connected devices would go up to 50 billion by 2020, with each household having 10-20 connected devices. Stating that Intel was working with academia, industrial consortia and start-ups, she said there should be collaboration between innovation, policy and entrepreneurship.

The Telangana government has launched two sectoral policies to focus on the Internet of Things (IoT) and e-waste management sectors. The policies offer incentives for the stakeholders in the respective areas. The IoT Policy targets investments to the tune of ₹10,000 crore and generate 50,000 jobs in the next five years. “We will create five zones each in Hyderabad, Warangal and Sircilla districts. We will help create ready-to-employ talent and promote IoT solutions,” Telangana IT Minister KT Rama Rao said.

The government signed five agreements with Nasscom Foundation and a few private firms to develop the IoT and e-waste management ecosystem.