Reliance Industries Limited chairman and Aisa’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani on Friday urged the government to take urgent policy measures to make India 2G-free. Ambani said this at Desh Ki Digital, the silver jubilee event to mark the first mobile phone call made in India.
In a video message, the chairman of oil-to-telecom conglomerate said;
“I specifically refer to the fact that India still has 300 million mobile subscribers trapped in the 2G era, their feature phones keep them excluded even from the basic usage of the internet at a time when both India and the rest of the world are standing at the doorsteps of 5G telephony. I think necessary policy steps should be taken with the utmost urgency to make 2G a part of history.”
Actually, Indian telecom players like Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea have largely phased out 3G networks, 2G users still form a large chunk of their user base.
However, Reliance Jio introduced a 4G compatible feature phone for the low spending subscriber base, but Airtel and Vodafone Idea’s 2G users are voice-only customers who do not substantially add to profits.
“We are now rolling out our vision of digital platforms and partnerships. This will provide the most advanced technological tools of empowerment to millions of our farmers, small merchants, consumers, small and medium enterprises, students, teachers, health care workers, and innovators. This will also create new and attractive employment and livelihood opportunities for our talented youth,” RIL chairman added.
Recently, Reliance Jio, part of RIL, has started work on developing its 5G network services. Recently, while the rest of the telcos have reiterated that the ecosystem for 5G is not ready and its spectrum pricing is also unaffordable.