India nowhere near 5G mobile experience

Although India is targeting 2020 for 5G rollout, the country is yet to allocate 5G spectrum to operators even for 5G trial of use cases.

NEW DELHI: While the world is going gaga over 5G at the ongoing MWC Barcelona, India is not even on the map for the technology’s large-scale rollout this year, or even beyond.

Although India is targeting 2020 for 5G rollout, the country is yet to allocate 5G spectrum to operators even for 5G trial of use cases.

The entire 5G ecosystem, which involves original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), infrastructure, spectrum and edge devices, is currently missing and in such a scenario, various 5G-enabled devices that are now set to see the light of day are redundant for the Indian consumers.

“5G-enabled phones have come early mostly for the developed and mature markets such as South Korea, the US, Australia and Japan,” said Neil Shah, Partner and Research Director at Counterpoint Research.

 

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