May 18, 2022
NEW DELHI – In an indirect dig at the previous Manmohan Singh-led UPA regime, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asserted that the country has moved rapidly from 3G to 4G and now 5G and 6G under the NDA dispensation, coming out of the despair, frustration, corruption and policy paralysis of the 2G era.
”…before 2014, not even 100 village panchayats in India were provided with optical fibre connectivity. Today we have made broadband connectivity reach about 1.75 lakh gram panchayats. Hundreds of government services are reaching the villages because of this,” he said addressing a programme marking the silver jubilee celebrations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
Modi said the telecom sector was a great example of how self-reliance and healthy competition created a multiplier effect on society and the economy.
The PM said the self-made 5G Test Bed that he dedicated to the nation today was an important step toward self-reliance in critical and modern technology in the telecom sector. He congratulated all those associated with this project, including the IITs. “The country’s own 5G standard has been made in the form of 5Gi, it is a matter of great pride for the country. It will play a big role in bringing 5G technology to the villages of the country,” he added.
The PM said that connectivity would determine the pace of progress in 21st century India. Therefore, connectivity has to be modernised at every level. 5G technology, he continued, was also going to bring positive changes in the governance of the country, ease of living and ease of doing business. This would boost growth in every sector like agriculture, health, education, infrastructure and logistics. This would also increase convenience and create many employment opportunities. For rapid roll-out of 5G, efforts of both the government and industry were needed, he added.
Modi noted that in the last eight years, new energy was infused into the telecom sector with the ‘Panchamrita’ of Reach, Reform, Regulate, Respond and Revolutionise. He credited TRAI for playing a very important role in this. The country was now going beyond thinking in silos and moving ahead with the ‘whole of the government approach’. ”Today we are expanding the fastest in the world in terms of teledensity and internet users in the country. Many sectors including telecom have played a role in it,” he said.
The Prime Minister said to make the mobile accessible to the poorest of the poor families, emphasis was placed on the manufacturing of mobile phones in the country itself. The result was that the mobile manufacturing units increased from 2 to more than 200.
The Prime Minister noted that today India was connecting every village in the country with optical fibre.
He said that the ‘whole of government approach’ was important for the regulators like TRAI and also for meeting the present and future challenges. “Today regulation is not limited to the boundaries of just one sector. Technology is interconnecting different sectors. That’s why today everyone is experiencing the need for collaborative regulation. For this it is necessary that all the regulators come together, develop common platforms and find solutions for better coordination”, Modi said.