Jio 5G is expected to be launched in the second half of 2021, and will be a testimony to the vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat, announced Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries at the India Mobile Congress 2020 (IMC), which is being held virtually from 8 to 10 December 2020. The theme for IMC 2020 is “Inclusive Innovation – Smart, Secure, Sustainable”.
“I can say with utmost confidence that 5G will enable India to not only participate in the Fourth Industrial Revolution but also to lead it. Jio Platforms, with its family of over 20 start-up partners, has built world-class capabilities in Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Machine Learning, Internet of Things, Blockchain, etc. We are creating compelling home-grown solutions in Education, Healthcare, Agriculture, Infrastructure, Financial Services and New Commerce,” he said.
He also added that Jio 5G will be powered by indigenously developed hardware, network, and technology. “As the digitalisation of the Indian economy and Indian society picks up speed, the demand for digital hardware will grow enormously. We cannot rely on large-scale imports in this area of critical national need. Thanks to Shri Ravi Shankar ji’s focused efforts, many leading Global companies are coming to India to set up manufacturing facilities. India has developed world-class strengths in chip design. I clearly foresee India becoming a major hub for state-of-the-art semiconductor industry. When all the stakeholders work together, we can surely ensure that India’s success in hardware will match our success in software,” he added.
IMC 2020 was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier today. Addressing the event, Modi gave a call to work together to make India a global hub for telecom equipment, design, development and manufacturing. He cautioned, due to technological upgradation, we have a culture of replacing handsets and gadgets frequently. He asked the delegates to ponder whether the industry can form a task-force to think of a better way of handling the electronic waste and create a circular economy. He urged to work together to ensure a timely roll-out of 5G to leapfrog into the future and empower millions of Indians.