5G’s enhanced capabilities to unlock new consumer, industrial use cases: Paulraj

ET Telecom, July 09, 2020

5G’s enhanced capabilities will unlock new use cases at consumer and industrial fronts by enabling machine-to-machine and person-to-person communication, said Aarogyaswami Paulraj, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University.

Paulraj was speaking at an industry event organised by CUTS International.

He said that India needs to overcome challenges in network infrastructure to realize the full potential of 5G–early, efficiently, pervasively, and inclusively.

Underlining the importance of data protection and privacy with respect to next-generation 5G technology, Arvind Mayaram, Former Finance Secretary of India and Economic Advisor to the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, said that the gamut of data generated by internet of things (IoT) devices needs to be kept secured.

He further said that the role of 5G has become even more important in bridging the digital divide in India, especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Kirti Gupta, Vice President, Technology & Economic Strategy, Qualcomm, said India needs to transition from ‘mere assemblers of mobile phones, to actual innovators and developers of mobile chipset technology’ and added that it would require investments and intent on Research and Development (R&D).

Earlier in June, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for IT and Telecom, had launched three incentive-based schemes with an aim to strengthen the domestic manufacturing in the electronics sector.

Deepak Maheshwari, Public Policy Consultant said that the government should relook at the provision of having a minimum reserved price at the time of spectrum auction.

Udai S. Mehta, Deputy Executive Director, CUTS International mentioned that consumers were eager to adopt 5G services, but the high cost and lack of valuable utility of IoT driven products are significant barriers to its adoption.

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