India may be a bit late in the global race to become a 5G nation, but in many ways, this wait will be worth it. For a country of a billion odd people to adapt and implement a fifth-generation network is no easy feat and will undoubtedly take a lot of time and effort. That said, it is very much needed to keep in line with the ethos of Digital India.

Obviously, we have come a long way in becoming a digital, modernised nation. From online payment methods like BHIM and Google Pay to the exponential surge in multimedia consumption, the rise of work-from-home culture and everything else, life as we know it has become increasingly reliant on the internet and ultra-fast connectivity.

However, there are quite a few hindrances that still exist like low speed and bad network coverage. There are parts of India that rely on 2G and 3G networks to get the job done. Clearly, there is a strong precedent here for the 5G revolution, especially when India aims to become a trillion-dollar economy by 2025. In other words, a paradigm shift is needed in India’s digital infrastructure and 5G technology will play a key role in it.

Agriculture, Healthcare, Education are Priorities

It is a well-known fact that agriculture is the backbone of Indian economy and as such, it should take precedence in reaping benefits of 5G. With the help of the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, farmers can significantly improve their crop yield by analysing critical data in real-time. Actable information about soil humidity, conditions, temperature, et cetera will also enhance overall productivity and immediately rectify any problems.

Similarly, the technology can also be utilized to plan smarter, efficient systems to carry out day-to-day operations and processes.

In the same way, a paradigm shift can be expected in the education sector. Covid-19 pandemic clearly highlighted the problem areas, which is notably a lack of access to basic resources like computers/smartphones and powerful networks, especially in rural areas. Remote learning has received a significant impetus of late and it is only fair to leverage technology here.

5G-enabled classrooms can entail live student-teacher interactions rather than watching pre-recorded videos. Information can be streamed from any part of the country while ensuring that everyone has equal access, thus bridging the gap in quality of education between rural and urban areas.

The same holds good for health care as well. In remote areas where medical care may not be easily accessible, 5G can help by implementing things like remote diagnostics and virtual consultation. Kiosks can be installed to get in touch with a medical professional from anywhere in the world. Even for those who are unable to move, 5G-powered smartphones will come in handy to treat and alleviate diseases. Rather than waiting for hours or days for the doctor to arrive, the same could be done in minutes over a video call!

Entertainment to be Redefined

Being a nation that is crazy for cricket, movies, and music, India will most likely see a new era of entertainment with 5G. From cricket betting and live streaming to watching movies on the go, staying connected with friends, and practically anything else, people can do everything with a 5G phone. Soon, we may even see augmented reality/virtual reality-powered devices too.

High-quality, 4K video streams will become a reality where people can enjoy their favourite movies without relying on a dodgy, high-latency connection. Seamless video calls without will practically become the new normal. Even online gaming experience will be elevated without painstaking lags or buffers. Concerts and sports can be enjoyed with much more clarity and finesse.

All in all, 5G will connect us and bring us closer together, and allow us to grow and progress exponentially. It will put India in league with the top, developed nations and open us to a whole new world of business opportunities.

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