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India aims 6G by end of decade: PM

Estimates 5G telecom network will add $450bn to Indian economy; Indigenous 5G technology stack this year

Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

World's biggest mobile mfg hub

- Taskforce working on 6G network

- FDI in telecom rose 1.5x in 8yrs

- Number of mobile manufacturing units rose to 200 from 2 in 2014

- Media and entertainment industry expected to grow to $70 bn by 2030 from $25 bn

New Delhi: India is targeting the rollout of 6G telecom network, which will provide ultra high speed internet connectivity, by the end of the decade, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday. India currently has 3G and 4G telecom networks and companies are gearing up to launch 5G over the next few months.

Speaking at the silver jubilee event of telecom sector regulator TRAI here, PM said "it's estimated that the 5G network rollout will add $450 billion to the Indian economy. This is not just increasing internet speed, but also the pace of development and creating jobs. The 5G technology will bring positive change in governance of the country, ease of living and ease of doing business. It will boost growth in agriculture, health, education, infrastructure and logistics."

Connectivity, Modi said, will decide the progress of the country in the 21st century and so modern day infrastructure needs to be rolled out. According to the Prime Minister, a task force has started work on rolling out the 6G network by the end of the decade. Taking potshots at the previous Congress-led UPA government, Modi said the 2G era was symbolic of policy paralysis and corruption. The country, under his government, has moved transparently to 4G and is now going to 5G and TRAI has played a very important role in this transition, Modi said.

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