Google said that it will not be exhibiting Mobile World Congress 2021, the world’s largest mobile phone show. Earlier, Nokia, Sony, Ericsson and Oracle also pulled out from the show. “Following our current COVID-19 travel restrictions and protocols, Google has made the decision to not exhibit at Mobile World Congress this year,” Google said in a statement. GSMA, the organisers of MWC, in Feb laid out a proper plan for the physical event.
Indian govt is not selling 5G spectrum in the upcoming auction in March, but a tweak in the notice inviting applications has raised hope 5G launch on existing bands. The amendment reduced the notice time period required for telcos to give to upgrade in tech from one year to six months. Mass adoption, however, will take time. GSMA Intelligence report said that 5G connections in India will reach 6% of the population by 2025 and 93 % by 2040.