India has covered 600 districts with 5G services in less than 200 days – one of the fastest expansion accomplished by the technology in the world – said Union Minister of State for Communications Devusinh Chauhan on April 17 in Hyderabad.
“India has the second largest telecom network with the lowest data rate in the world, and development of indigenous 4G, 5G technologies in a short span of time has surprised the world,” the minister said at the second meeting of G20 Digital Economy Working Group (DEWG).
In his address, Union MoS for Social Justice and Empowerment A Narayanaswamy emphasised on ‘Digital Antyodaya’ approach and Accessible India campaign for achieving universal accessibility for differently abled persons in the country.
In the inaugural session of the second meeting of DEWG, Alkesh Kumar Sharma, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) welcomed the delegates from G20 members, invited countries, international organisations, senior officials from MeitY, DoT (Department of Telecommunications) and state governments, among others. K. Rajaraman, Secretary, Telecom stressed on the critical impact of connectivity on the GDP and Digital Economy.
With the global digital economy estimated to be worth $11 trillion and expected to reach $23 trillion by 2025, the DEWG plays a critical role in shaping global policy discourse in the digital space.