The Road ahead: 4G and beyond
India has come a long way from the days when accessing the online world meant having to pay anything from Rs. 40 to Rs. 60 for an hour at a neighbourhood cyber café. In contrast to the current situation, the aim of the industry is to connect every corner of the country keeping the momentum of growth up. To address the need for speed, telecom operators launched 4G services in India, an upgrade over the legacy 3G network. Globally, more than a billion people out of the total seven billion population of the world are using 4G LTE network of which nearly 10 million subscribers belong to the Indian market. That leaves huge scope for the Indian telecom industry to tap into, and it can do so by addressing challenges in successfully transferring users to 4G.
Telecom operators have invested huge amounts towards spectrum and newer technology support. For full potential actualization and rapid acceleration of the Digital India program further investments upwards of Rs 6 lakh crores are approximately required to connect the next billion consumers. The success of programmes like Digital India, Skill India, Smart Cities and BharatNet are also predicated on a robust mobile and broadband network and a healthy ecosystem.
With 2020 set as the year of 5G rollout in India, telcos will have to invest in a robust, secure and state-of-the-art infrastructure model, which will help in the smooth functioning of the interlinked applications and devices.