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“Indian startups are among the top three today,” said PM Modi at the India Mobile Congress

The eighth India Mobile Congress (IMC) was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday. It is a three-day event taking place in the Bharat Mandapam convention center in Delhi’s Pragati Maidan, which is also the site of the G20 Summit in September.

Additionally, the prime minister opened 100 5G laboratories, the majority of which are located in nationally recognized engineering universities.

The PM said in his address that “because of technological advancements, the future is here and now, and it is no longer a decade or a century away.” He continued by saying that during his nine years in office, India’s startup scene had grown to rank among the top three globally.

According to Modi, there are now over a lakh startups in the nation.

He said how there are now over 5 lakh 5G base stations spread all throughout the country in only a year, recalling how the PM introduced 5G technology on October 1 of last year.

Ashwini Vaishnaw: “Gateway” to Digital India is telecom

During the ceremony, Ashwini Vaishnaw, the Minister of Information Technology, referred to telecom as the “gateway” to Digital India and said that the nation now exports telecom equipment to over 70 countries.

The minister said that the nation’s capital would host the World Telecommunications Standardization Assembly’s next meeting.

Other notable speakers at the event were Kumar Mangalam Birla (Chairperson, Aditya Birla Group), Sunil Bharti Mittal (Chairperson, Bharti Enterprises), and Akash Ambani (Chairperson, Reliance Jio).

 

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