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5G, a milestone for India’s telecom technology

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With much needed push to the digital sector, India is aiming high and wanting to achieve greater heights. Within a span of 15 years, the country is aiming $450 billion of contribution to the economy through its indigenous 5G technology.

The launch of indigenous 5G testbed will make way for a completely made-in-India 5G network, a significant milestone in deployment of the next-generation telecom technology in the country, according to Indian Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw.

During an event at the IIT Madras, the minister made a successful 5G test call and termed the achievement realisation of Indian prime minister’s dreams.

“His vision is to have our own 4G, 5G technology stacks developed in India, made-in-India, made for the world. We have to win the world with this entire technology stack.”

On May 17, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the 5G testbed for telecom companies to test their 5G equipment in India. The 5G test call was a follow up by the Minister of Railways, Communications, Electronics & Information Technology.

The 5G testbed is a multi-institute collaborative project, which has participation from IITs Madras, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bombay, Kanpur, and IISc Bangalore. Other institutions taking part inthe project are Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering &Research (SAMEER) and Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology (CEWiT).

At another event Piyush Goyal, Indian Minister for Commerce and Industry, said the country is evolving transparent and effective governance and has moved transparently from 2G/3G to 4G and now 5G.

“5G will contribute $450 billion to the Indian economy during the next 15 years and the launch of indigenous 5G testbed will be a milestone towards Aatma Nirbhar Bharat (Self-reliant India) in telecom,” he said.

According to him, nearly 400 comprehensive GIS-based maps have already been prepared under PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan.

“It will help in digitising the economy, boosting startup ecosystem, improving governance, ease of living and ease of doing business in the country,” the minister said.

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