The 5G challenge and connecting rural areas: India’s telecommunications future

As India’s internet and mobile connectivity has grown at pace, telcos – and regulators – are gearing up for the new era of 5G and connecting India’s rural areas.

As India prepares to deploy 5G, RS Sharma, chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the nodal governmental agency whose job it is to facilitate its smooth roll-out, says it isn’t going to be anything like 4G. 5G, he said, will be a huge challenge requiring heavy investments.

At 13th India Digital Summit held in New Delhi earlier this year, Sharma also addressed the issue of finding ways to connect the still vastly unconnected India.

The entry of private service providers brought with it the need for regulation in India. TRAI was established in 1997 to regulate telecom...

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