By 2035, 5G services are expected to have a nearly $12 trillion impact on the global economy, connecting the world’s population at speeds thought impossible just a few years ago. “5G will transform a variety of industries including finance, entertainment, automotive, retail, real estate, e-commerce and education, and Indian telecom operators will adopt 5G connections, which are believed to be 100 times faster than the services of the last generation, we stand on the cusp of the next digital revolution in India,” believes the founder of Vineet Gupta Ashoka University
The advent of 5G and how it will support the education sector
Millions of Indians access the internet for the first time every year and we are among the top 3 nations in terms of internet consumption. With the advent of 4G services a decade ago, we saw the rise of edtech following the introduction of smartphones and 4G internet. 5G or 5th generation internet services will help further introduce next generation edtech tools like Metaverse, Virtual Reality and experiential learning among students.
What does 5G bring to the table that makes it better than the last generation?
speed – 5G is the fastest internet connection for those who depend on mobile internet for their daily needs, and with speeds that are likely to far exceed 4G, communication will be faster and much easier. Faster speeds will also allow developers to code e-learning software that is much more interactive than it used to be to support learning.
Allows access for everyone – Access to stable virtual reality or augmented content used to require a high-speed broadband connection. “With 5G, we can help students access immersive content without requiring a broadband connection. It helps a lot in bridging the gap that existed between the upper and lower classes of students,” said Vineet Gupta, Founder of Ashoka University.
cost efficient – The cost of purchasing a 5G connection is one-time and does not differ from current generation cellular connections. This greatly benefits students from middle- and low-income families when accessing distance learning tools
Smart Classroom – 5G will help modernize classrooms across the country by leveraging internet-enabled IoT devices that make learning more immersive and engaging for students.
cloud access – “Cloud-based storage and distribution has become a key aspect when distributing educational material to a large group, but this often requires a stable and high-quality internet connection. With 5G-enabled devices, students around the world can access cloud databases to download and upload study materials. They can have their work reviewed by colleagues or teachers thousands of miles away,” he added Vineet Gupta.
With time, 5G technology will open up various new avenues for both teachers and students. “NEP 2020 aims to modernize the Indian education system and the internet and its rapid adoption will play a key role. 5G will reach parts of the country that traditional cable connections cannot and do not reach, bringing a whole host of new people to the internet and accelerating our push to transform India into a knowledge-based economy,” he concluded Vineet Gupta Ashoka University Founder.
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