5G is more than high speed, M2M and low latency to be the key, says Chairman R S Sharma

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With countries across the world testing 5G technologies and some real use cases likely to come in 2019, TRAI chairman R S Sharma said that 5G will be the digital tomorrow for the fast growing internet consumers in India.

“5G spectrum, unlike the previous spectrums of 2G, and will not be focusing on high speed or connectivity only. Rather it will be an important and horizontal platform where multiple applications will ride fine, especially the real-time and M2M apps, because of the very little latency feature,” Sharma said while speaking at Internet and Mobile Association of India event in Delhi.

Sharma, was positive and hopeful about the Government’s regulations and policies, and believes that the huge investments required by the 5G spectrum and infrastructure to be available to entire India can be possible by favourable initiatives taken by the Government.

The event also witness the participation of Neeraj Roy, Founder and CEO, Hungama digital and Hiren Gada, CEO, Shemaroo Entertainment. Both were of the views that estimated 500 million internet users will be subscribing to a bouquet of content in the next 5 years, in which videos will be in the driver’s seat.

While the catch up content from television is less consumed, both find that short form contents are in vogue these days. While web series are likely to be less consumed in full and Indian audience mostly up for it to stay in loop or be a part of conversations, Neeraj and Hiren exuded confidence about the increasing audience pull of original contents in the OTT platforms of Indian market.

According to Sundar Madakshira, Head-Marketing Adobe India, now people buy an experience instead of a product and hence it’s important to make it communicating, long-lasting, trusted, delightful and yet available at an affordable price.

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