In India, 5G will empower the masses by bringing progress to the economy by adding better infrastructure. Apart from the economy and people’s lives, the 5G evolution will expand and boost the online gaming sector, especially cloud gaming. “With 5G, cloud gaming is becoming a big thing in India. The future of 5G looks bright in India and there will be 30 million 5G users in India by January 2023,” Umang Jindal, Head of network solutions software and performance, Ericsson told BGR at the BGR.in Tech Excellence Awards 2022 . Also read – 5G will soon be launched in India: Here’s how to check if your smartphone supports the 5G network
“It is a known fact that 5G will have an impact on the urban area, but in practice it will also have an impact on the countryside when it comes to progress in the agricultural sector. Aside from agriculture, the 5G revolution will bring huge change to the education system as well as better progress in cottage industry,” added Jindal. Also read – Reliance Jio poised to roll out 5G network in India, leads auction with bid of Rs 88,078 crore
India’s average data traffic per smartphone is the highest in the world at around 25 GB per month. The same is expected to grow at a CAGR of 14 percent to 54 GB per month by 2028. Smartphone traffic in India remains high due to high broadband penetration and dirt-cheap data rates. Meanwhile, 4G will have the largest number of subscribers by the end of 2022 and 5G will replace these users in the coming years. 5G is more expensive compared to the 4G network in markets like Europe. About 25 percent of the network providers charge a premium of about 40 percent for the 5G network, which does affect the adoption rate of 5G. Also read – India’s first 5G spectrum auction ends with over Rs 1.5 lakh crore in bids, Reliance Jio leads: Details here
The coming phase for gaming growth will be driven by the adoption of 5G gaming on cloud and mobile devices. A recent report from Sequoia India and BCG stated that India’s gaming industry generates $1.5 billion in revenue and is expected to triple to more than $5 billion by 2025.
“For gaming, high-speed graphics games will definitely become popular with 5G. And with the progress, cloud gaming will definitely make a better impression in the Indian market,” said Anku Jain – Managing Director, MediaTek India at the BGR.in Tech Excellence Awards 2022.
All in all, 5G connectivity would be a huge boon for India, and more so for the rural population. According to UN urbanization data, we currently have 7.6 billion people in the world, of which 4.2 billion live in urban areas and 3.4 billion live in rural areas. By 2050, the world’s population is expected to reach 9.8 billion, of which 6.7 billion and 3.1 billion will be divided between urban and rural areas, respectively. The sudden increase in population in cities will undoubtedly widen the gap between rich and poor, leading to the emergence of slums and problems in health care and transportation.
3G and 4G have major connectivity issues in rural areas as service providers have been unable to generate a business case for their returns that match infrastructure investment requirements. 5G will bring significant speed and coverage improvements over 4G, as well as low latency that would revolutionize rural industries such as agriculture.
“5G will dramatically impact the agricultural sector with the rollout of 5G in rural India. Aside from production, agriculture would become more efficient. With 5G, drones will also impact agriculture by analyzing things in the best possible way so that the farmers can improve things,” concludes Jain.