Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm expects 5G technology in India to be rolled out at the same pace at which 4G technology was implemented in the nation. Additionally, they also noted that the implementation of new technology would generate a great potential for both customers and enterprises alike. Qualcomm President Christiano Amon said quoted the example of Reliance Jio for their efforts in transitioning from 3G to 4G:
“When it happened, it happened very very fast. It’s remarkable what Reliance Jio has done and I think it clearly surprised everyone in the industry”
Qualcomm is working with device players globally for the deployment of the fifth generation of wireless networking, 5G and stands to gain a lot from it. The company claims that it’ll have a more profound impact on the industry. Apart from higher internet speeds and a greater bandwidth, the 5G technology would also enable larger scale connections over the Internet of Things, paving the path for future devices and innovations.
“We feel we have a role in driving the ecosystem together and that means everyone. Starting with regulators looking at the spectrum and all the changes required to promote new technology to device-makers to app developers to now other industries such as auto, industrial manufacturing and healthcare,” Amon said.
Qualcomm states that they have been very active with the promotion and support of 5G technology globally. While they were reluctant to comment about any predictions for India, they expect the technology to become mainstream globally by the year 2020. They also expect the technologies to be implemented in countries like the USA, China, and Korea by the end of 2019.
“5G will be a commercial reality starting in early 2019, with mobile device launches and network rollouts across the US, Europe, Japan, South Korea, Australia and China.”
While the Indian Government also cannot predict a certain date or deadline for the implementation, Indian industries push for a date far into the year 2019 for various reasons. They wish for the spectrum auctions to be held in late 2019 to enable 5G technologies to start rolling out in the country. If things move as planned, the nation may see 5G before the end of 2020.