India to be ready with 5G roadmap by June, says Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan

According to a recent article by the Economic Times, Indian Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan stated that the country wants to take a lead position in adopting 5G technology and will prepare the road map for it by June this year. 

Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan, speaking at an event organised by industry body Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI), said 5G will unleash transformative capabilities, and have a bearing in areas like network virtualisation, cloud, and data analytics amongst others. 

“I wonder whether we are correct in calling 5G as next generation. It represents next order of capabilities. The capabilities that it will unleash, are transformative,” Secretary Sundararajan said.

She called upon industry, academia and startups to do their bit to help India become a “frontrunner” in 5G wireless system which enables higher speed mobile broadband, mission-critical services and massive Internet of Things (IoT) deployment.  

 “A high-level forum on 5G which includes global experts, industry experts, IITs, IISc, has already commenced work and done a fair amount of deliberation. By June, India will have full roadmap ready on this,” she said. 

Formed in September last year, the high-level forum on 5G is deliberating on the vision, goals, and 5G roadmap and will look at related areas of spectrum policy, regulatory regime and pilot programmes.

Terming 5G as important for India's massive “digitisation and digitalisation” efforts, Secretary Sundararajan said it would enable the country to overcome several decades of infrastructure-related challenges.

At the COAI event, Sundararajan also said that while the country had lagged in 2G, 3G and 4G technology adoption, it does not want to left behind in 5G and, in fact, would like to push the global momentum around 5G through design capabilities, innovation and ability to build affordable solutions. 

As previously reported, the Indian Government has plans to roll out 5G by 2020. At the same time, it was also announced that 5G test beds are being set up at the Indian Institutes of Technology in Delhi and Chennai.

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