PM Modi’s Vision: India Gears Up for 6G Era, Aiming Beyond 5G on Independence Day
The 6G era is quickly approaching India; forget about 5G. In his address to the nation on the occasion of the 77th Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi remarked that today (15 August) from the Red Fort’s ramparts.
When asked about the 6G advancement, PM Modi stated: “We have formed a 6G task force,” adding that India has completed the quickest statewide deployment of 5G, with 700 districts already making use of the nation’s 5G infrastructure.
Speaking from the storied Red Fort, Prime Minister Modi promised that India, now classified as a “Vishwa Mitra,” will soon join the top three economies in the world.
But what is 6G in reality? When can we anticipate it and how does it vary from 5G?
What does 6G mean?
The sixth generation of cellular technology, or 6G, guarantees rapid, diversified connection. A 6G network advances on 4G and 5G by utilizing higher frequency bands and adaptable, cloud-based networking techniques to deliver unheard-of speeds and sub-second latency.
To be clear, there isn’t a 6G network yet. However, according to experts, users would be able to instantly transmit data and do away with buffering, delays, and disconnections with the help of 6G technology. According to Builtin.com, “6G will enhance machine-to-machine communication, creating greater interoperability in a “smart,” Internet-of-Things era, similar to how 2G gave us text messaging and 4G introduced an entire mobile app system.”
There is more to 6G than just quicker internet, as India Today reveals. Both on land and in the air, 6G will connect a huge number of devices. According to analysts, the boundaries between the physical and digital worlds will become more ambiguous with the introduction of 6G.
What’s the difference between 5G and 6G?
The next 6G technology is predicted to improve upon the current 5G system in every manner. According to tech experts, 6G would reportedly send one terabyte (1,000 terabytes) of data at one microsecond, compared to 5G’s 20 gigabytes at one millisecond (1,000 microseconds).
6G will largely be used for machine-to-machine communication since it is so rapid that our brains cannot distinguish between it and other forms of communication. According to Capgemini Engineering’s Shamik Mishra, CTO of connection, “For human consumption, I don’t think 6G will change anything.”
In his speech on July 4, Prime Minister Modi again hinted at how 6G might alter the course of history. He said that with 6G, industries could be managed remotely, automobiles could communicate with one another while driving, and wearable technology will be able to comprehend human emotions.
When will 6G be available?
There is currently no set timeline for the global distribution of such technology. 6G, however, may become a reality by 2030, according to some industry executives and academics. A few years prior to 2030, standards will have been established, according to Nick McKeown, senior vice president of Intel’s Network and Edge Group, who spoke to CNBC.
According to the BT CTO, the release of new mobile network generations typically coincides with the Olympics. He predicted that the release of 6G will coincide with the Brisbane, Australia, Olympics in 2032.
According to Neil Mawston, executive director of market research firm Strategy Analytics, the first smartphone with 6G capabilities will be released in 2029. “The 6G race is underway,” Mawston was cited as saying by CNBC.
And the 6G project has already begun. Terahertz frequency bands are being developed by the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute of South Korea. Osaka University in Japan is likewise engaged in a project of a similar nature.
India has also made progress toward the national development of 6G technology. PM Modi unveiled the “Bharat 6G Vision” whitepaper earlier this year, and the Department of Telecom established the Bharat 6G Alliance task group. India has also developed plans for 6G technology, and according to sources, it will be implemented in two stages: the first will take place from 2023 to 2025 and will support concepts and proof-of-concept testing. These concepts will be evaluated in the second phase, which runs from 2025 to 2030, and will finally result in commercialization.
What about 5G in India?
The 6G transition is being discussed just one year after India’s 5G spectrum auction in July 2022. Reliance Jio, founded by Mukesh Ambani, received the highest bid at the time, coming in at Rs 88,078 crore. Airtel came in second with a proposal of Rs 43,084 crore.
5G services were introduced in October, not long after that. In reality, Prime Minister Modi announced the availability of 5G services at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, saying that it was the beginning of a new era for the nation. A limitless sky of options will open up with 5G.
Furthermore, a study by OpenSource indicates that 29.9% of people now have access to 5G. In addition, India experienced an average 5G download speed of 301.6 Mbps, according to the July report, making average 5G download speeds in the nation 19.2 times faster than average 4G rates.
India has gone a long way since its sky-high internet data prices of Rs 269/GB in 2014 when compared to Rs 10.1/GB in 2023, earning it the distinction of having the third-lowest Average Data Tariff (per GB).