India will become a global leader in mobile technology in the next 5 years, says Vaishnaw
Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Sunday expressed confidence that India would become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of mobile technologies in the next five years given the progress technology going on in the county.
“As part of the AatmaNirbhar Bharat program, we have been clearly tasked with designing and manufacturing the technology needed for 4G and 5G connectivity in India. It is a matter of satisfaction that 4G technology was designed and developed in India. It is being tested. The progress we have made on 5G service exceeds our expectations,” Vaishnaw told a press conference here.
“The 5G core and radio network will be deployed soon. It would usher in technology-led development,” he said.
“India has developed 4G network technology which is better than those available in other countries. Our engineers have worked hard on virtualization technology that no other company in the world has mastered. Over the past two years, the Telematics Development Center (C-DOT) and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) have been developing the technology by virtualizing the network,” the bureaucrat-turned-politician said.
“I am convinced that India will become one of the world leaders in mobile technology in five years,” said the Union Minister.
“Ten years ago, who would have thought that mobile and electronic systems would be made in India. Today, India has already become the world’s second largest manufacturer of mobile handsets. The largest mobile manufacturing facility in the world is now available in India,” he informed.
According to Mr. Vaishnaw, the electronics manufacturing market size in India touched ₹6 lakh crore. The sector generates 22 million jobs. With the speed at which electronic manufacturing is progressing, its market size would reach ₹25,000,000 in the next five years. It would then generate 80 lakh jobs.
When asked why the public sectors BSNL and MTNL find it difficult to compete with their private counterparts, the minister said: “BSNL was a profitable business. BSNL funds were misappropriated during the UPA era. In three years, BSNL had become an entity that was not viable for its subsistence. There were no resources available to fund even day-to-day activities.
“For the first time, BSNL made an operating profit last year. It happened because Prime Minister Narendra Modi had approved a package of ₹90,000 crore for the revival of BSNL and MTNL. This has allowed the two public sector companies to stabilize,” he said.
“This year we are injecting ₹45,000 crore to take public sector companies BSNL and MTNL to the next level. The fund would be spent on 4G spectra, network upgrade and replacement of old equipment,” the minister said.
Once BSNL is stable in 4G technology in one or two years, it will switch to 5G service,” the IT minister said.
On Odisha having the largest villages uncovered by mobile services, Mr Vaishnaw said Prime Minister Modi had approved the installation of mobile towers at 3,934 sites last December and once these towers are installed, they would cover many other villages in their vicinity, he said. .
In Odisha, there are 6,099 villages not covered by mobile services – the highest in the country. Next on the list is Madhya Pradesh, where there are 2,612 villages without mobile connectivity.
“If a village is left uncovered in Odisha, the matter will immediately be resolved by further investigation,” Vaishnaw said.
Mobile connectivity is one of the main issues polled in the elections for the institutions of Panchayati Raj. In the five gram panchayats in Deogarh district, candidates failed to show up to file applications in protest at the lack of mobile connectivity. (EOM)