PM Modi launches Indigenous 5G Test Band worth INR 224 Cr for Startups

Narendra Modi

At the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)’ s silver jubilee celebration, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a 5G Test Bed for startups.

Because there were no testing facilities in India, Indian startups had to go outside to evaluate mobile network use cases, according to TRAI. The launch of the 5G test bed was motivated by this rationale.

Modi, who spoke virtually at the ceremony, congratulated the telecom sector regulator on its 25th celebration.

The Prime Minister said, “I congratulate all the people involved in the development of the 5G test bed, and I invite all the companies working in telecom to come to test their 5G products and services with the test bed.”

Startups, in particular, he claims, now have a huge opportunity to test their 5G-powered goods and services. He expressed the optimism that in the telecom industry, entrepreneurs will emerge quickly and seize global leadership in the next years.

Modi also complimented India’s own 5G standard, 5Gi, and stated that it will help bring 5G technology to India’s villages.

“Connectivity will determine the speed of India’s progress in the 21st century,” he said. “The foundations of the same will be built on modern technology and the adoption of the same,” he added.

In his words, “5G technology will bring a positive change in governance, ease of living, and ease of doing business in India.” The Prime Minister said that the 5G technology will contribute $450 Bn in the next 15 years.

Modi also set a deadline of the end of the decade for the launch of the 6G network.

The 5G test bed is being constructed as part of a multi-institute collaborative initiative led by IIT Madras.

IIT Delhi, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Bombay, IIT Kanpur, IISc Bangalore, Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering & Research (SAMEER), and Centre of
Excellence in Wireless Technology were among the other institutions involved in the research. The project has cost more than INR 224 crore to develop.

The 5G test bed will create a supporting ecosystem for Indian industry and startups, allowing them to validate their 5G and next-generation technologies products, prototypes, solutions, and algorithms.

The 5G test bed, which includes a complete, end-to-end 5G testing facility, was developed by 300 engineers and 40 scientists from the institutes indicated.

All of the components of a 5G network are present in the testing facilities, including transport equipment such as antennae and radio, as well as the core network. Startups will be able to test 5G use cases, products, and solutions on the 5G test bed. The core network has a capacity of 10,000 devices and speeds of up to 40 Gbps.

Several top-level telecom players, including the Minister of State for Communication Devusinh Chauhan and Minister of Communications Ashwini Vaishnaw, spoke to the audience before the Prime Minister at the TRAI-hosted event at Vigyan Bhawan.

According to Vaishnaw, 32 states have joined the government’s telecom Right of Way plan. As a result, approvals that previously took 100 days now take an average of 22 days.

“Our scientists and engineers have developed a complete 4G stack, which is ready for deployment by BSNL, and the 5G stack is in the advanced stage and will be ready by the end of this year,” Vaishnaw added.

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