IMC 2020: Sunil Mittal says 5G will become a norm in next 2-3 years in India

Bharti Enterprises chairman Sunil Mittal said that 5G will become a norm in the mobile broadband space in the next 2-3 years in India and the country will be ready to receive the benefits of all the investments that the world has made to develop the standards and ecosystem.

Speaking at a India Mobile Congress virtual event, Mittal said that 5G equipment cost will come down in coming years complemented by the mass device availability.

“I’m particularly very excited about the upcoming 5G which in the next two or three years should start to become the norm in the mobile broadband space as the world settles down on the 5G space pricing of the equipment comes down and importantly the devices start getting available in plenty,” Mittal said.

Mittal said that space will be the next frontier of communications in India and Bharti has taken an early call in partnership with the British government to set up the world’s first leo, constellation satellite system to provide broadband connectivity to every square inch of the world.

“I have no doubt given India’s lead in the space industry and ISRO and the department of space’s call to the private sector, we should start to see advantages moving in India’s favor in the space communication industry as well,” he added.

Mittal said that the pandemic has accelerated the digital adoption of various products and services across the globe.

“Many of the things achieved many of the things that we are seeing today for several more years, but the force multiplier of this pandemic has been in some sense a boon for the digitalization of a country,” he said.

Airtel, he said, has stepped up efforts on the fixed line fiber, enterprise and government businesses. “Fiber roll out has been extensive. We are excited about the prospects of joining hands with Bharatnet to cover more India on fiber connectivity,” Mittal said.

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