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Connectivity will determine pace of progress in 21st century India: PM

The Prime Minister said on Tuesday that connectivity will determine the pace of progress in 21 st India of the last century and therefore connectivity must be modernized at all levels.

Speaking at the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Silver Jubilee event here, he said that the rollout of 5G network is estimated to add $450 billion to the Indian economy, adding that 5G technology will bring positive changes in the governance of the country. , ease of living and ease of doing business.

“This will stimulate growth in all sectors such as agriculture, health, education, infrastructure and logistics. It will also increase convenience and create many job opportunities. For rapid deployment of 5G, government and industry efforts are needed,” he said.

Modi cited the telecommunications sector as a great example of how autonomy and healthy competition create a multiplier effect in society and the economy.

“New Energy”

Emerging from the political paralysis of the era of the 2G scam, the country has moved rapidly from 3G to 4G, and now 5G and 6G, he said, adding that India was aiming rolling out the 6G telecommunications network, which will provide ultra-high-speed Internet connectivity, by the end of the decade, Modi said.

PM Modi addresses TRAI's Silver Jubilee celebrations via video conference in New Delhi on Tuesday

PM Modi addresses TRAI’s Silver Jubilee celebrations via video conference in New Delhi on Tuesday

He noted that over the past eight years, new energy has been breathed into the telecommunications sector and credited TRAI for playing an important role in this regard.

“The country is moving beyond thinking in silos and moving forward with the ‘whole of government approach’. Today, we are growing the fastest in the world in terms of tele-density and internet users in the country, many sectors of which telecoms have played a role,” he added.

Reaches 1.75 lakh grams of panchayats

Modi said that to make mobile accessible to the poorest of the poor families, emphasis has also been placed on manufacturing mobile phones in the country itself, and India now has more than 200 units of mobile. mobile manufacturing facilities, compared to two in 2014.

“Before 2014, not even 100 village panchayats in India had fiber optic connectivity. Today, we have brought broadband connectivity to about 1.75 lakh gram panchayats. Hundreds of government services are reaching villages because of this,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister also launched the first self-made 5G testbed – used to validate products for 5G networks – at the event. He congratulated everyone associated with this project, including the IITs.

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May 17, 2022