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Reliance Jio MD calls for India-specific use cases, apps for 5G to work in India



Reliance Jio MD calls for India-specific use cases, apps for 5G to work in India

Reliance Jio MD Sanjay Mashruwala said 5G use cases and applications around remote healthcare, agriculture or even autonomous driving need to be designed differently for the next-gen wireless broadband technology to see faster adoption in India as regional market conditions are very different from western markets.

“The western world is getting ready with a host of new 5G applications/use cases, but in India, we need it differently as regional conditions are different,” Mashruwala said at the India Mobile Congress virtual event on Thursday.

Citing an instance, he said 5G use cases around autonomous driving in western countries, typically, rely on “an AI engine and route maps and adhering to their traffic rules,” a situation that won’t work here as the driving conditions are very different, and so, any use cases around autonomous driving would need to be designed differently for India.

Accordingly, the Jio MD underlined the criticality of strategisng and encouraging development of appropriate platforms around 5G technology that is relevant to Indian market conditions.

Reliance Jio is betting big on 5G and is poised to bring in the fast wireless broadband technology and also become a global vendor. RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani on the opening day of IMC 2021 called on the government to make 5G rollouts a national priority and take steps to ensure the country completes the migration from 2G to 4G to 5G at the earliest.

Mashruwala said 5G technology can provide an “excellent foundation for delivering virtual care, telemedicine and also can play a vital role in complementing clean energy technologies.

Availability of small format low-cost options like IoT sensors backed by real time 5G connectivity, he said, can help build new levels of intelligence into the country’s energy grid.

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