5G in India by June this year: Telecom Secretary

A panel set up by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) will come out with a roadmap for adoption of fifth generation of mobile telephony in India by June this year, DoT secretary Aruna Sundararajan said on 27 March 2018, adding that the forum was looking at a number of areas related to 5G including spectrum policy, regulatory regime and pilot programmes.

The 5G technology evolution is expected to enable new services, connecting new industries, various forms of devices, and empower new user experiences, to support expanded connectivity needs for the next decade and beyond. We will soon see a transformation in the way we live due to 5G and I am glad that India is at the forefront of this change.

In September last year, the DoT constituted a high-level forum on 5G comprising three secretaries of departments of telecom, IT, and science & technology, apart from renowned academic experts and stakeholders from the industry. The forum was expected to come up with the vision, mission and goals for the 5G India 2020, and evaluate, approve roadmaps and action plans for 5G India 2020.

She also pointed out that while India had lagged in adoption of older technologies such as 2G, 3G and 4G, it does not want to left behind in 5G and would like to push the global momentum around 5G through design capabilities, innovation and ability to build affordable solutions.

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