We are glad to introduce you to this special issue of the Journal of Mobile Multimedia: CONASENSE. This special issue is published in collaboration with the International Symposium on 5G & Beyond for Rural Upliftment, jointly with BIT Sindri, IIT(ISM) Dhanbad, the IEEE 5G summit and 35th GISFI Standardization Series Meeting (GSSM) held on 8-9 February 2020 at IIT (ISM) Dhanbad and BIT Sindri, Jharkhand-India. The Symposium included special sessions organized by WWRF and provided a platform for global networking as it brought together renowned speakers, scientists, researchers, practicing engineers and industry leaders from across the globe. Participants collaborated to discuss critical issues in advancing technologies and their applications in varied areas such as agriculture, health and education for India. Overall, it emphasized the amalgamation of 5G technologies, artificial intelligence, smart platforms and the Internet of Things.