According to industry analysts, 5G promises to revolutionise the Internet with ultra-fast connection rates and reduced latency, providing gaming and OTT streaming a much-needed boost. Millions of Indians already spend up to five hours every day on their smartphones.
By 2025, the Indian gaming market is expected to grow to $5 billion in revenue, with more than 450 million players expected to be active online. In the nation, OTT streaming is also gaining popularity.
Five crore handsets with 5G capabilities have been installed in the nation. According to Counterpoint Research, the share of 5G smartphones shipped in the period from April to June this year hit 29%, the highest level ever.
5G will help in enriching viewer experience on regular as well as OTT platforms. For instance, at times, we see low-grade video performance during live streaming of cricket matches or other events on OTT platforms,’ Charu Paliwal, Research Analyst, Counterpoint Research, told IANS.
‘5G can accommodate large bandwidth and offers low latency, which will result in video streaming in high resolution and without any buffering issues,’ Paliwal said, adding that 5G will take services like gaming and streaming to a top-notch level.
According to Nitin Bansal, MD, India Head-Networks, Market Area South East Asia, Oceania, and India, Ericsson’s 5G technology will allow for immersive mobile gaming in India thanks to its high throughput and ultra-low latency.
‘5G will help offload heavy computational power, offering gamers higher speeds and lower latency, meaning in-game action will be smoother than ever, with no lag between a gamer’s input and the game’s response — whether it is for a single VR player at home, or an esports gaming community,’ Bansal told IANS.
Global smartphone manufacturer OPPO claimed that Reliance Jio tested its quick and low latency 5G network on the Oppo Reno 7 series smartphones as part of their collaboration to perform 5G trials in India.
‘While most 5G tests in India involved non-standalone models, OPPO developed its solutions on the SA network. Further, we have been collaborating with industry players and telecom operators for the most comprehensive 5G experience for our users,’ Tasleem Arif, VP, and R&D Head, OPPO India, told IANS.
‘With the advent of 5G, the user experience will transform in data download rates, up to three times greater spectrum efficiency, and super low latency, and next-generation technologies will become omnipresent,’ he added.
IoT, AI, and VR will be used more frequently thanks to 5G, according to Madhav Sheth, CEO of Realme India, VP of Realme, and President of Realme International Business Group. This will revolutionise the creation of new goods and services that can be provided to consumers.
Another study this week said that Samsung dominated the market with a 28% market share and that 5G shipments to India increased by 163% (year over year) in the months of April and June.
In Q2 2022, one in three handsets shipped had 5G capabilities, and quarter-over-quarter shipments increased by 7%, according to Cyber Media Research’s (CMR) “India Mobile Handset Market” report.
With the 5G auction having over, we anticipate consumer demand for a multifaceted smartphone equipped with 5G to only rise, said Muralikrishnan B, President, Xiaomi India, to IANS.
‘We believe 5G is one of the innovations that has the power to transform, upgrade and uplift our nation. 5G will strengthen the AIoT ecosystem, offer the opportunity for real-time gaming, and enhance AR/VR experience,’ Muralikrishnan said.