- “5G is a knock on the doors of a new era in the country. 5G is the beginning of an infinite sky of opportunities”
- “New India will not remain a mere consumer of technology, but India will play an active role in the development and implementation of that technology”
- “With 5G, India is setting a global standard in telecom technology for the first time”
- “From exporting zero mobile phones in 2014, today we have become a mobile phone exporting country worth thousands of crores”
- “I always had full faith in the understanding, wisdom and inquisitive mind of the common man of the country”
- “Digital India has given a platform to small traders, small entrepreneurs, local artists and artisans”
- “5G technology will not be limited to speedy internet access, but it has the capability to change lives”
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today launched 5G services in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, ushering in a new technological era. The sixth iteration of the India Mobile Congress was also officially launched by the prime minister, who also attended the IMC Exhibition.
He strolled through pavilions set up by several telecom operators and technology providers to get a firsthand view of what 5G services can do after officially opening the show at Pragati Maidan.
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Addressing the gathering the Prime Minister said that the Summit today might be global but its repercussions and directions are local. He said today is a special day for the fast-developing India of the 21st century. “Today, 130 crore Indians are getting a wonderful gift in the form of 5G from the country and from the telecom industry of the country. 5G is a knock on the doors of a new era in the country. “5G is the beginning of an infinite sky of opportunities. I congratulate every Indian for this.”, he added. He noted with satisfaction that in this launch of 5G and the march of technology, rural areas and workers are equal partners.
Union Minister of Communications, Shri Ashvini Vaishnaw, Union Minister of State for Communications, Shri Devusinh Chauhan, Chairman of Reliance Industries, Shri Mukesh Ambani, Chairman of Bharti Enterprises, Shri Sunil Mittal, Chairman of Aditya Birla Group, Shri Kumar Mangalam Birla and Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, Shri K Rajaraman were those present on the occasion.
Highlighting the government’s efforts in the field of digital payments, the Prime Minister remarked that it was the government that went ahead and made the way for digital payments easier. “The government itself promoted citizen-centric delivery service through the app. Whether it is about farmers or small shopkeepers, we have given them a way to meet their daily needs through the app”, Shri Modi added. He recounted the seamless continuation of DBT, education, vaccination and health services, and work-from-home during the pandemic when many countries were finding it difficult to keep these services going.
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Remarking that Digital India has given a platform, the Prime Minister said that small traders, small entrepreneurs, local artists and artisans can now market to everyone. Shri Modi added, “Today you go to a local market or vegetable market and see, even a small street vendor will tell you, not to transact in cash, but via ‘UPI’.” “This shows”, the Prime Minister added, “When a facility is available, thinking also gets emboldened”. The Prime Minister said when the government works with clean intentions, the intentions of citizens also undergo change. “This is the key difference in the intention (niyat) of 2G and 5G”, he remarked.