Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 7th Edition of the India Mobile Congress 2023 in New Delhi. Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said that in “the changing times of the 21st century, this event has the power to change the lives of crores of people.”
The Prime Minister pointed out the outdated methods of the previous governments by drawing an analogy to a frozen mobile device where the commands did not function.
“After 2014, people stopped using outdated technologies where changing batteries or restarting the system became a futile exercise”, he said. He recalled that India used to be an importer of mobile phones whereas today, India has become the second largest mobile manufacturer in the world. Noting the lack of vision when it came to electronics manufacturing during previous governments, PM Modi informed that India today is exporting about Rs 2 lakh crores worth of electronics manufactured in the country. He also threw light on the recent announcement by Google to manufacture Pixel phones in India. “Samsung Fold Five and Apple iPhone 15 are already being manufactured here”, he added.
Underling the fast pace of technology, the Prime Minister said “The future is here and now”. He praised the exhibition placed for the occasion to provide glimpses of the future in telecom, technology and connectivity. He mentioned the fields of 6G, AI, cyber security, semiconductors, drone or space sectors, deep sea, green tech or any other sectors and said, “The future is going to be entirely different and it is a matter of happiness that our young generation is leading the tech revolution”.
PM Modi recalled that the 5G rollout which took place last year in India came as a surprise for the rest of the world. He emphasised that India did not halt after the success of 5G and took on the work of taking it to every individual. “India moved from the 5G rollout stage to 5G reach out stage”, he said. Within one year of 5G rollout, the Prime Minister announced the development of 4 lakh 5G base stations which cover more than 97 percent of the cities and 80 percent of the population.
He also underlined that the speed of median mobile broadband speeds have increased 3 times within one year. He further added that India moved from the 118th position to the 43rd position in terms of broadband speed. “India is not only expanding the 5G network in the country but also laying emphasis on becoming a leader in 6G”, he remarked.
Pointing out the scam that took place during 2G, the Prime Minister said that the 4G rollout which happened during the present government’s tenure is free from blemishes. He also expressed confidence that India will take the lead with 6G technology.
“We believe in the power of democratization. The benefit of development should reach every section and region, everyone should benefit from the resources in India, everyone should have a life of dignity and the benefit of technology should reach everyone. We are working rapidly in this direction”, the Prime Minister said.
PM Modi inaugurated IMC 2023 iin the presence of telecom industry leaders Akash M Ambani, Sunil Bharti Mittal and Kumar Mangalam Birla along with Union Minister for Communication and Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Minister of State for Communications Devusinh Chauhan.
IMC 2023 with the theme ‘Global Digital Innovation’ aims to strengthen India’s position as a developer, manufacturer, and exporter of key cutting-edge technologies. During the keynote session, the Prime Minister awarded 100 ‘5G Use Case Labs’ to educational institutions across the country.