India moving to lead in 6G technology: Modi at India Mobile Congress
Modi also targeted the opposition on the occasion by taking a dig at the previous government led by the Indian National Congress over the 2G spectrum scam that had caught the nation by fire.
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi speaks at the inauguration of the 7th edition of the India Mobile Congress, at Bharat Mandapam, Pragati Maidan, in New Delhi on Friday, October 27, 2023. (ANI Photo/Rahul Singh)
INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi on Friday (27) said the country is moving in the direction of becoming a leader in 6G technology.
Speaking at the India Mobile Congress in Delhi, he said, “We are not only expanding 5G in the country but also moving in the direction of becoming leaders in the area of 6G technology.”
India has reached the 43rd position in mobile broadband speed from the previous rank of 118, Modi added. He said 400,000 5G base stations have been set up within a year of rolling out of 5G.
Modi also targeted the opposition on the occasion by taking a dig at the previous government led by the Indian National Congress over the 2G spectrum scam that had rocked India’s political scene.
“Everyone knows what happened during the 2G (spectrum allocation under the UPA or the former United Progressive Alliance government). During our government, 4G was expanded but there was no stain on us. I am confident that India will lead the world in 6G technology,” the prime minister said.
He said giving citizens access of capital, resources and technology is his government’s priority.
Speaking on the recent announcement made by Google over manufacturing Pixel phones in India, Modi said it is a matter of pride that the world is using ‘Made in India’ mobile phones now.
“Recently, Google announced the manufacturing of its Pixel phones in India. Samsung’s Fold 5 mobile phone and Apple’s iPhone 15 are being manufactured in India. We are proud that the world is using Made in India mobile phones now,” he said.
Some of India’s top leaders in the telecommunications sector, including Sunil Bharati Mittal, chairman of Bharti Enterprises and founder of Bharti Airtel; Akash Ambani, chairman of Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. and Kumar Mangalam Birla, additional director, Vodafone Idea, were also present on the occasion besides top government officials.
Earlier in the day, the prime minister inaugurated the seventh edition of the India Mobile Congress, scheduled from October 27 and 29, at Bharat Mandapam in Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, a recently launched venue which staged the G20 leaders’ summit in September.