Exorbitant spectrum prices, $20-billion on account of SC judgment on AGR dues and the need to link thousands of telecom towers with fibre are issues Indian telcos will have to tackle before they can unleash the potential of the new 5G technology. In short, internet reliability is the immediate priority across the country.
The 5G cooperation is timely, coming on the back of a rising global discontent against China, as a survey has revealed that negative perception of China is at its highest ever.
Even if the proposed sale of ByteDance’s wildly popular app goes through, the Modi government will want to ensure that any Trojan horses are removed to prevent any possibility of it being used to spy on Indians.
Mukesh Ambani’s announcement that his Jio Platforms has developed in-house a 5G solution, his deal with Google to develop a new OS to power affordable smartphones, his JioMeet answer to the Zoom meeting app and several other initiatives promises to place India at the centre of global high technology innovation and offer the Axis of Democracies a new sourcing point for these products.
The Indian government has decided not to give in to US pressure on keeping the Chinese telecom equipment giant out of the 5G race but the final call on whether or not to permit a post-trial full-scale rollout could still depend on the views of the security establishment. Highlights: India’s decision to allow Huawei to participate in the 5G trials is by no means a signal that the Chinese telecom equipment supplier has cleared the last hurdle. The US has [...]