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Is India's IT workforce ready for embracing new age 5G technology?

Amit D Mishra, co-founder and chief executive officer of talent upskill firm iMocha, spoke to Hindustan Times on a wide range of issues including upskill programmes for 5G technology, talent re-skill and of course, moonlighting.

That every auction is different is a cliché. Success depends on several factors, including the demand and supply of spectrum, the number of operators, and economic conditions. All these dynamic factors make auctions dissimilar. But is the 5G auction significantly different from the others? Indeed, it is. (Shutterstock)
That every auction is different is a cliché. Success depends on several factors, including the demand and supply of spectrum, the number of operators, and economic conditions. All these dynamic factors make auctions dissimilar. But is the 5G auction significantly different from the others? Indeed, it is. (Shutterstock)
Published on Nov 07, 2022 10:02 AM IST

Fraudsters posing as 5G service agents waiting to dupe you. How to stay safe

As the telecom giants have unveiled their plans to woo the customers, certain anti-social elements looking to dupe the customers have also surfaced.

Several state police authorities have warned netizens against falling prey to hoax calls offering 5G services.
Several state police authorities have warned netizens against falling prey to hoax calls offering 5G services.
Updated on Oct 15, 2022 03:41 PM IST

Reliance unveils Jio True 5G in four cities for select customers on Dussehra

The Jio True 5G service is being launched in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Varanasi for the existing Jio users by invitation. The invited customers will get unlimited 5G data with a speed up to 1 gigabyte per second.

Reliance said it will announce the beta trial service for other cities as they keep getting ready for 5G technology(Reuters)
Reliance said it will announce the beta trial service for other cities as they keep getting ready for 5G technology(Reuters)
Published on Oct 05, 2022 11:18 AM IST

Mukesh Ambani says will roll out high quality, more affordable 5G services

Reliance is counting on countrywide deployment of 5G to help woo high-paying wireless users and boost its e-commerce and media business even though the technology hasn’t yet proven profitable for other Asian wireless operators.

Reliance Industries Ltd Chairman Mukesh Ambani with his son Akash Ambani during the 6th India Mobile Congress at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi,(PTI)
Reliance Industries Ltd Chairman Mukesh Ambani with his son Akash Ambani during the 6th India Mobile Congress at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi,(PTI)
Published on Oct 01, 2022 08:46 PM IST

Delhi International Airport gets 5G network for passengers: Report

The passengers having a 5G-enabled mobile phone and SIM card will have better signal strength, seamless connectivity and faster data speed at the domestic departure pier and international arrival baggage area at Terminal 3, and between T3 arrivals and multi-level car parking of the Delhi Airport.

The deployment of 5G network across the T3 terminal will be covered in a phase manner.(PTI)
The deployment of 5G network across the T3 terminal will be covered in a phase manner.(PTI)
Published on Sep 29, 2022 03:03 PM IST

On 5G service, govt says targeting to cover entire country in 2 years

5G services in India will be launched at the India Mobile Congress on October 1, people aware of the matter had told Hindustan Times on Saturday.

Union minister for electronics and information technology Ashwini Vaishnaw.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Union minister for electronics and information technology Ashwini Vaishnaw.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Published on Sep 25, 2022 11:51 AM IST

5G services to be set up across 500 cities in India in next one year?

Indicating a tough stand against Chinese equipment, the Cellular Operators Association of India director general said Chinese devices are not allowed in 5G mobile networks. For this, separate equipment is being sourced from European countries.

With 5G services, the speed of data is expected to increase up to a hundred times, while the conversation will get more clarity(HT File Photo)
With 5G services, the speed of data is expected to increase up to a hundred times, while the conversation will get more clarity(HT File Photo)
Published on Sep 21, 2022 10:53 AM IST

After 5G, PM Modi makes BIG announcement on 6G services in India

Union minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said the government is hopeful of launching 5G services in India by October 12.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the Grand Finale of Smart India Hackathon 2022 via video conferencing, in New Delhi on Thursday. (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the Grand Finale of Smart India Hackathon 2022 via video conferencing, in New Delhi on Thursday. (ANI)
Published on Aug 26, 2022 09:40 AM IST

Ashwini Vaishnaw's big announcement on 5G services launch in India

During his Independence Day address from the ramparts of the Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that the 5G services will be launched in India soon.

Union minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Sunday made his first call on BSNL 4G network. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Union minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Sunday made his first call on BSNL 4G network. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 25, 2022 06:53 PM IST

Reliance Jio's 5G service might be launched in 13 cities on this date: Report

According to reports, the Jio Phone 5G is expected cost around ₹12,000. You can buy after a down payment of ₹2,500. The remaining amount can be paid in equal monthly instalments. Like Jio Phone Next, this new 5G phone is also expected to come up with bundled data and unlimited calling benefits.

Reliance Jio might unveil its 5G services on August 29. (Reuters File)
Reliance Jio might unveil its 5G services on August 29. (Reuters File)
Published on Aug 25, 2022 11:54 AM IST

5G services to be launched in these Indian cities first. Check yours in the list

During the first phase, only 13 select cities will get fast-speed internet service.

Prime Minister officially launches 5G service rollout in India(Screengrab/ PMO)
Prime Minister officially launches 5G service rollout in India(Screengrab/ PMO)
Updated on Aug 23, 2022 12:08 PM IST

Airtel pays 5G spectrum dues for 4 years in upfront

Airtel has paid dues for 4 years ahead of schedule, the company said in a statement.

Over the past one year, Airtel has cleared <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>24,333.7 crores of its deferred spectrum liabilities
Over the past one year, Airtel has cleared 24,333.7 crores of its deferred spectrum liabilities "much ahead" of scheduled maturities.(Reuters)
Published on Aug 17, 2022 12:59 PM IST

89% of Indians ready to switch to 5G technology: Report

These conclusions come amidst the growing unease over the profitability in providing 5G services. Experts are critical if India possesses a retail market for a 5G network.

Ookla’s Consumer Survey published on Monday has 2,000 smartphone users aged 18 and above across urban and rural areas of India. (mint)
Ookla’s Consumer Survey published on Monday has 2,000 smartphone users aged 18 and above across urban and rural areas of India. (mint)
Updated on Aug 09, 2022 12:14 PM IST

5G mobile services likely to be rolled out in about a month: MoS Telecom

India's biggest ever auction of telecom spectrum that concluded on August 1 (Monday) received a record ₹1.5 lakh crore of bids, with Mukesh Ambani's Jio cornering nearly half of all the airwaves sold with an ₹88,078 crore bid.

MoS for Telecom Devusinh ChauhanIndia said that India has a strong home-grown 5G mobile communications ecosystem.(Representative image/ REUTERS)
MoS for Telecom Devusinh ChauhanIndia said that India has a strong home-grown 5G mobile communications ecosystem.(Representative image/ REUTERS)
Published on Aug 08, 2022 03:46 PM IST

Indian Army to establish 5G network along border for high-speed data

A Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of 5G Testbed has been signed between the Military College of Telecommunication Engineering and IIT Madras. The test bed will facilitate validation of military use cases of 5G for a field army.

The Indian Army has been endeavouring to exploit 5G for supporting operations in the tactical battlefield area.(ANI)
The Indian Army has been endeavouring to exploit 5G for supporting operations in the tactical battlefield area.(ANI)
Published on Aug 06, 2022 05:58 PM IST

What did Vodafone Idea chief said on 5G pricing?

The fresh 5G spectrum bid adds an annual installment liability of ₹1,680 crore on the company. The debt-ridden firm said there is positive momentum in its fundraising exercise with promoters' recent investment in Vodafone Idea.

Vodafone Idea acquired 5G spectrum worth <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>18,800 crore in recent auction.(Representative image/ HT File Photo)
Vodafone Idea acquired 5G spectrum worth 18,800 crore in recent auction.(Representative image/ HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 05, 2022 02:31 PM IST

5G auction: Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Jio top bidder with a bid of 88,078 crore

Union minister Ashwini Vaishnaw announced that the 5G spectrum auction ended with the total bids amounting to over 1.50 lakh crore over 40 rounds. Of the 72,098 MHz of spectrum offered across 10 bands, 51,236 MHz, or 71 per cent, was sold.

Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani.(MINT_PRINT)
Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani.(MINT_PRINT)
Updated on Aug 01, 2022 06:46 PM IST

Analysing the 5G spectrum auctions

The success of telecom auctions has been judged only through the lens of spectrum sold, but it has neglected the opportunity cost of the unsold spectrum due to high reserve prices

That every auction is different is a cliché. Success depends on several factors, including the demand and supply of spectrum, the number of operators, and economic conditions. All these dynamic factors make auctions dissimilar. But is the 5G auction significantly different from the others? Indeed, it is. (Shutterstock)
That every auction is different is a cliché. Success depends on several factors, including the demand and supply of spectrum, the number of operators, and economic conditions. All these dynamic factors make auctions dissimilar. But is the 5G auction significantly different from the others? Indeed, it is. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 01, 2022 01:29 AM IST

Explained: What is a private 5G network? Check applications, govt regulations

The technology is said to be a booster in India’s digital transformation journey. It will ‘accelerate the industry 4.0 initiatives’, stated Airtel which has recently tested its first ever private 5G network.

Private 5G network essentially is a network dedicated solely for firm’s own use (Representational Image/AFP File Photo)
Private 5G network essentially is a network dedicated solely for firm’s own use (Representational Image/AFP File Photo)
Published on Jul 29, 2022 12:52 PM IST

5G auction stretches to 4th day; 1,49,623 crore worth bids received so far

On Wednesday, the auctions garnered ₹1.49 lakh crore as aggressive bidding across multiple bands by players such as Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel sustained the tempo, and pushed the sale over to the third day.

Union minister Ashwini Vaishnaw addresses the press.(HT )
Union minister Ashwini Vaishnaw addresses the press.(HT )
Updated on Jul 28, 2022 07:15 PM IST

5G spectrum auction Day 3: Bids worth 1.49 lakh crores generated so far

The Union Cabinet had recently approved the Department of Telecommunications (DoT)'s 5G spectrum auction through which spectrum will be assigned to bidders to provide 5G services to the public as well as enterprises.

The 5G spectrum auction fetched <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>71,639.2 crore more than the 4G spectrum auction of 2021
The 5G spectrum auction fetched 71,639.2 crore more than the 4G spectrum auction of 2021
Published on Jul 28, 2022 09:11 AM IST

5G network to be available in 20-25 cities by end of the year: Telecom minister

6G network: In March, prime minister Narendra Modi said the country would be ready for the launch of 6G services by the end of the decade.

File photo of Union telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnaw.(ANI )
File photo of Union telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnaw.(ANI )
Updated on Jun 18, 2022 04:00 PM IST

What is 5G network that is '10 times faster than 4G'?

Designed to enable next-generation user experience, 5G is widely expected to expand mobile ecosystems into new realms.

Representational image(REUTERS)
Representational image(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 15, 2022 02:24 PM IST

India planning to launch 6G services by end of decade: Modi

He said that a task force has started working in that direction while underscoring the importance of faster and efficient technology in accelerating development and employment generation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the silver jubilee celebrations of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the silver jubilee celebrations of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. (PTI)
Updated on May 18, 2022 02:26 AM IST

Trai’s recommendation on 5G spectrum likely by March, says telecom minister

Vaishnaw’s statement came hours after finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that spectrum auctions will be carried out this year, while presenting the Union budget for the 2022-23 fiscal.

In her Union Budget 2022-23 speech, Sitharaman also reduced voluntary exit for corporates to six months from two years.(REUTERS)
In her Union Budget 2022-23 speech, Sitharaman also reduced voluntary exit for corporates to six months from two years.(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 01, 2022 08:04 PM IST

Budget '22: India to hold 5G spectrum auctions this year, says finance minister

It will facilitate a rollout of the next-generation telecoms service by private telecom providers within next year, that is, the financial year (FY) '23, she added.

Sitharaman also said that the scheme for design-led manufacturing will bring a strong ecosystem for 5G as part of the Production Linked Incentive Scheme (PLI). (REUTERS)
Sitharaman also said that the scheme for design-led manufacturing will bring a strong ecosystem for 5G as part of the Production Linked Incentive Scheme (PLI). (REUTERS)
Published on Feb 01, 2022 12:08 PM IST

Let celebrity client do some good: HC proposes to cut Juhi Chawla's 5G fine

In June last year, single bench judge JR Midha dismissed the lawsuit filed by Juhi Chawla and two others against rolling out 5G networks in India, and imposed a cost of ₹20 lakh on them, noting the move was only to gain publicity.

Bollywood actor Juhi Chawla is one of the three petitioners in the ongoing 5G case, the plea on which was originally moved in May last year.
Bollywood actor Juhi Chawla is one of the three petitioners in the ongoing 5G case, the plea on which was originally moved in May last year.
Published on Jan 25, 2022 07:00 PM IST

AI resumes US flights after clearance over 5G roll-out

The development came two days after the national carrier announced cancellation of some of its most popular direct flights amid concerns that the new 5G services could potentially interfere with aircraft navigation systems.

Air India said it was making arrangements for stranded passengers. (HT/File)
Air India said it was making arrangements for stranded passengers. (HT/File)
Updated on Jan 21, 2022 04:54 AM IST

5G rollout in US: Air India gets technical clearance to fly Boeing 777 aircraft

Several other airlines have also been affected by the technical snag in 5G rollout in the US that caused interference with aircraft technology that measures altitude.

Air India (HT File)
Air India (HT File)
Published on Jan 20, 2022 11:40 AM IST

5G rollout: Boeing clears Air India for flights to US

Due to the 5G rollout, Air India had earlier cancelled more than eight flights to the USA.

Boeing declined to comment on the 5G issues.(File)
Boeing declined to comment on the 5G issues.(File)
Published on Jan 20, 2022 11:22 AM IST
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