Need for $100 billion investment over 5-7 years for 5G rollout: Trai chairman

As data consumption keeps growing exponentially and with new technologies such as 5G on the way, wireless platforms will not be enough to meet the demands of bandwidth-guzzling consumers.

There is a need for big investment in fibre infrastructure to make 5G a reality, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) chairman RS Sharma said on Thursday.
 
“5G is going to have important use-cases in India because it will be a platform, over which, all the applications are run. But, it will not happen, if there is no fibre,” Sharma was quoted as saying while speaking at the India Digital Summit organised by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI).
 
As data consumption keeps growing exponentially and with new technologies such as 5G on the way, wireless platforms will not be enough to meet the demands of bandwidth-guzzling consumers.
 
“We are looking at least $100-billion investment for fibre in the next 5-7 years. The National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP) contains those set of policies and statements, and we need to operationalise those to ensure investment,” he added.
 
The quantum of fibre placed underground in India is 1/15th of that in the US and 1/10th of that in China. While 80 per cent of towers in China are connected with fibre, only 20 per cent of towers in India are currently fibre-connected.
 
The Ministry of Communications in the National Digital Communications Policy, 2018 released on September 26 said it would create a National Fibre Authority to accelerate fibre deployment in the country.
 
Source: Businessline, media reports

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