Addressing the audience on the occasion, Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said, “Telecommunications is the gateway, the foundation of digital India. It is the means to bring digital services to every person.” .
The launch of 5G services in India kicked off the sixth edition of India Mobile Congress in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened the expo ahead of the official launch of 5G services in India.
Addressing the audience on the occasion, Telecommunications Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said, “Telecommunications is the gateway, the foundation of digital India. It’s the way to bring digital services to every person.
He also called the telecommunications industry a booming industry – a strategic growth industry, which is at the heart of all things digital. With the arrival of 5G, India hopes to emerge as a leader in telecommunications technology, the minister added. A sum of Rs 35,000 crore has been sanctioned for last mile connectivity, which means bringing 5G to every nook and corner of the country.
The telecommunications sector, Vaishnaw added, has seen many reforms over the years. With the help of the Prime Minister, there has been regulatory certainty in the industry, approvals have become easier and have been expedited.
Besides, BSNL also received a stimulus package of Rs 1.64 lakh crore. This support program is for four years, but 70% of it will be granted during the first two years. On the Rs 1.64 lakh crore, there will be cash support of Rs 44,000 crore, and the rest will be non-cash.
Vaishnaw had previously said that the results of this package will be seen within the next two years, and BSNL will finally roll out 4G services during this period.