5G Network Will Take Another 5-6 Years To Reach Masses In India

Indians are eagerly waiting for the arrival of 5G connectivity in India. Where countries like US and China are already planning for a 6G network, Indian users will have to wait for a couple of years to get the 5G network in the country despite tall claims made by the government.

You may have seen, from the very beginning of this year, several smartphone brands like Samsung and OnePlus have started launching their 5G phones but the year is almost to come to an end and we haven’t noticed any 5G enabled smartphone so far.

The entire 5G ecosystem involving original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), in infrastructure, spectrum and edge devices, is presently missing. Despite a lot of claims by the government, the 5G technology may take another 5-6 years to reach the masses in India.

Are you trying to find reason behind the late arrival of 5G in our country where it is gaining momentum all over the world? So, the simple reason is that the 5G spectrum allocation is yet to take place and without it, the full-fledged trials will not be possible.

Neil Shah, the Research Director at Counterpoint Research claimed that “We expect 5G to reach mainstream in India in 2023 and mass market starting 2025 or so.”

“This will, however, be much earlier compared to 3G and 4G era which took at least seven to eight years in India since the first global commercialisation for each generation of tech curves,” Shah told reporters.

“The dynamics are completely different now. We have a mature user base, perfect number of operators (three-four) and undergoing digital transformation at the right time beyond smartphones,” Mr Shah noted.

Presently, China, US, South Korea, Japan,  and Australia are leading with the 5G large-scale mass deployment. Ravi Shankar Prasad, the IT Minister stated that spectrum auctions will be held this year and the trials for 5G services with radiowaves allotted by the ministry will start in the next 100 days.

In a recently released report by Gartner, it has been stated that betting big on the Internet of Things (IoT)-based communications and video analytics/streaming, almost two-third of organisations plan to deploy the 5G technology by 2020 but are wary of the lack of readiness of communications service providers (CSPs) in making 5G networks ready by then.

International Data Corporation (IDC) expects 5G shipments to reach 8.9% of smartphones shipped in 2020, accounting for 123.5 million devices shipped. This is likely to increase up to 28.1% of worldwide smartphone shipments by 2023.