India to Play a Key role in 5G Technology Standards: DST Secretary

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India would play an important role in developing global 5G technology standards, with the newer technology poised to become a robust part of the ambitious Digital India initiative, a top official of the Department of Science and Technology said.

“As 5G standards process has started globally, India would be one of the important players in formulating standards for it,” Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, told ET, adding that earlier in 3G and 4G, India had missed the bus in giving inputs for relevant standards.

Sharma is also a co-chairman of the high-level 5G Forum constituted by the Narendra Modi-led NDA government in September 2017 to evaluate and prepare a roadmap to adopt the newer technology in tandem with the global timeline of 2020, and position India as a globally synchronized participant in the design, development of 5G-based technology applications.journalban

The government-led panel also includes representatives from private players: Gopal Vittal, chief executive, India & South Asia at Bharti Airtel, and Sanjay Mashruwala, managing director of Reliance Jio Infocomm.

TSDSI, or Telecom Standards Development Society, India, as one of the members of 3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Project), is representing India in discussions worldwide on 5G standards.

As part of 3GPP, first specifications for 5G technology has been recently released with support from companies such as AT&T, BT, Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, NTT, Verizon and Huawei.

The Indian government is eyeing 5G technology to boost the initiative — Digital India — launched in 2014 at an initial outlay of Rs 1.13 lakh crore with the aim to digitally facilitate 1.3 billion Indians through a bouquet of citizen-centric services.

Digital India is all about empowering people and enabling industries bringing relevant skillset for India. 5G, leading to better connectivity, would be a strong part when comes to Digital India,” Sharma said.

PeerscientistThe official believes that unprecedented opportunities drive applications in sectors such as agriculture, fisheries, healthcare and manufacturing.

“This (5G) will propel industry 4.0 where we need machines to communicate between each other with integrated communications,” he said.

Industry 4.0, also called smart factory, relies on machine-to-machine communications and data exchange on the back of automation with cyber-physical systems.

“5G is being also thought because of the need for inexpensive, fast and reliable communications not only between humans but also between humans to machines and vice-versa,” the official explained.

Telecom watchdog Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had in August this year initiated a consultation process for the spectrum sale that would also include frequencies in the 3300-3400 MHz and 3400-3600 MHz bands for the 5G rollout.

Source & Credits: Economictimes

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