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5G to Boost Telecom Contractual Staffing and Employment Opportunities

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According to a senior official at TeamLease, the much-anticipated 5G services rollout is expected to boost telecom contractual staffing over the next two years and will emerge as a primary catalyst for hiring activities in the sector.

The Department of Telecom (DoT) flagged off 5G trials earlier this month by approving applications from telecom companies including Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone Idea to conduct the trials.

Despite some ambiguities caused by the second extreme wave of COVID-19, according to Deval Singh, Business Head- Telecom, IT and ITES, Media and Government, TeamLease Services, the outlook for contractual hiring in the sector remains optimistic.

"The telecom vertical is one of the largest markets for staffing," Singh told PTI. "This was one of the verticals that developed even during the COVID times, and I believe that trend will continue in 2021”.

According to Singh, the upcoming roll-out of 5G would benefit the economy and the labour market.

Consumers are willing to pay 50 percent more for 5G plans that provide digital services, but just 10 percent more for only 5G connectivity, according to an Ericsson ConsumerLab survey

"Nobody knows how the growth will be formed in the second wave as it is a little unclear. Having said that, the rollout of 5G services would have a strong positive effect on the telecom industry for the next two years, both in terms of the economy and the labour market”, Singh remarked.

If not for the second wave, the rise would have been much more pronounced. The business, on the other hand, is hopeful that if the overall situation improves, 5G can boost career opportunities in the sector.

According to Singh, telecom companies have not slowed recruiting, and now that the government has approved applications for 5G trials, hiring morale is much higher.

Despite the lockdown and movement restrictions, demand for contractual workers in the telecom sector increased in 2020, as remote working and social distancing norms pushed data use to new highs, forcing players to invest in network capacity.

During the lockdown, telecommunications networks have been designated as 'essential services'.

Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, C-DOT, and Reliance Jio's indigenously built technologies are among the telecom gear makers authorized by the Department of Transportation for trials. The trials are currently scheduled to last six months, including two months for equipment acquisition and setup.

According to the permission letters, each operator must perform trials in rural and semi-urban areas as well as urban areas to ensure that the benefits of 5G technology are spread throughout the world.

Consumers are willing to pay 50 percent more for 5G plans that provide digital services, but just 10 percent more for only 5G connectivity, according to an Ericsson ConsumerLab survey.

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