Indigenously-created 5G, 4G tech roll out this year, will present to world next year, says Vaishnaw

Indigenously-created 5G, 4G tech roll out this year, will present to world next year, says Vaishnaw

According to Union telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, a locally built 5G and 4G telecom technology stack would be implemented in the nation this year and made available to the rest of the globe starting in 2019. Only five countries in the world currently have an end-to-end 4G-5G telecom technology stack, according to Vaishnaw, who was speaking at The Business 20 (B20), the official G20 dialogue forum with the international business community. However, thanks to a public-private partnership, India has developed its own technology that has been tested to handle 10 million simultaneous calls.

"Our private and public partnership approach has given us a solution where the core was developed, invested by the public sector, public funds, and everything else sitting on it comes from the private partners. In this entire 2023, we will be rolling it out on about 50,000 to 70,000, towers, sites and then in 2024 will be offering it to the world," Vaishnaw said.

The minister also elaborated on four broad approaches directed towards economic management, digital economy, regulation in digital economy and development of new technology that India has taken under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help solve some of the pressing problems.

Referring to the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact, Vaishnaw said in the last two years the world has seen a very turbulent period which has never been there for more than a century but the response in many geographies to it has been as per textbooks.

He said that as the pandemic struck, the whole world kind of stopped, the economy came to a grinding halt and the classic response in many economies was to give a classical fiscal stimulus.

"The hope was that consumption will pick up and that will lead to an economic revival but simultaneously the quantity of fiscal stimulus combined with the monetary stimulus created a situation where the balance sheets of the Fed, the European Central Bank, the Japanese bank, many of the large, richer economies, the balance sheets have humongous grown and that has really brought inflation which was unprecedented, unheard of throughout the world," Vaishnaw said.

The minister said that in contrast to the fiscal stimulus-driven approach, the Prime Minister of India took an approach that was very focused on consumption, and a large part of the fiscal space was allocated towards investment.

"We traditionally have had anywhere between four and a half to 7 percent as a run rate of inflation. So with that as the run rate, today, we are at around 5.8 percent as the latest trend, which is very good moderate inflation. So creating robust growth along with moderate inflation is the outcome of this change in the approach," Vaishnaw said.

He said that for digitalization, the Prime Minister took a different approach where India built a system, a digital ecosystem in which the monopoly of any big tech doesn't come in. "I could foresee that five-six years from now, India's example will be given everywhere in the world," Vaishnaw said.

He said that the government took an approach to create a public-private partnership using public funds and creating certain platforms. The minister said that the model was initially used to create a payment system platform in which banks joined, then insurance companies, e-commerce, start-ups and then people came in.

"In the month of December, on an annualized basis, the digital payment transactions in India are USD 1.5 trillion. That's huge. That's more than many other countries," Vaishnaw said.

He said that the Prime Minister has taken an approach to using public funds to create a robust platform and let everybody join that platform.

"This reduces the concentration, this reduces the monopoly. This democratizes the entire digital benefits. It is a very inclusive approach. It is a very democratic approach and it's a very sustainable long-term approach," Vaishnaw said.

Business 20 (B20) is the official G20 dialogue forum with the global business community. It is among the most prominent engagement groups in G20, with companies and business organizations as participants.

Vaishnaw was addressing the B20 India inception meeting here.