Technology – India Could Get 6G Services By 2030, Says PM Modi

In a few months, India could finally experience 5G services, however, ahead of the launch, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has revealed that the nation is also working to introduce 6G services by the end of 2030.

This announcement was made while addressing the Smart India Hackathon 2022 Grand Finale. Prime Minister Modi addressed the event via video conferencing, where he stated, “We are preparing to launch 6G by the end of this decade. The government is encouraging Indian solutions in gaming and entertainment.”

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This announcement comes after Union Telecom Minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw hinted that 5G services could commence roll-out by October 12. He had earlier speculated that the launch could happen by the end of September.

While addressing the event, Vaishnaw highlighted that the services will reach out to all major cities and key rural areas in the next two years. Moreover, the government is ensuring that 5G services would be made affordable and accessible.

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This is surprising, considering telcos are looking at a substantial increase in tariffs, to compensate for the hefty spectrum auctions, as highlighted by Vodafone Idea CEO, Ravinder Takkar.

Takkar revealed this during an earnings call, where he highlighted how the company had spent a considerable amount in acquiring spectrum in the recently-held auctions that call for a need to charge a premium for the upcoming 5G services.

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He said, “Given the fact that a fair amount of money has been spent on the spectrum, we believe that 5G should be priced at a premium to 4G. You can price it at a premium, but of course, within that premium, you could have a situation where the number of gigabytes that you get are more because you are consuming potentially more, given the extra bandwidth that you get in 5G.”

So it’ll be interesting to see what the actual pricing comes to be from Vodafone Idea as well as other telcos offering 5G services.

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