- We lagged in 2G, 3G and 4G but in 5G India should move at a speed faster than the world with made in India 5G, said Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
- Currently, there are more than 100 commercial 5G networks rolled out across the world.
IT and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday said that 5G core network should be Indian and the country should move faster on the next-generation technology with indigenously made telecom gears.
The Telecom minister informed that the testbed is ready for 5G and the government will soon to grant the permit for trails. During a National Informatics Centre Services Incorporated (NICSI) event, Prasad said, “We lagged in 2G, 3G and 4G but in 5G India should move at a speed faster than the world with made in India 5G. We have made a testbed and we are soon going to permit it. Core network should be Indian,”
Previously, the Telecom Department had set a target to start 5G trails in 2019 with a roll-out timeframe set for 2020. However, due to claims by the defence ministry and space department on part of the spectrum that was identified for 5G core network services led to the delay.
The industry estimates inform that there are more than 100 commercial 5G networks rolled out across the world. Prasad believes that 5G will be a disrupting technology and can open up a lot of new avenues.
“I urge all the private sectors including other operators, NICSI to rise to the occasion to understand, adopt, innovate- the emerging contours of 5G. 5G is not only communication technology but it is disrupting technology and will create new avenues,” the minister said.
Urging India to be a topmost data economy, Prasad asserted, “Please develop NICSI as a good platform to help roll a big data economy in the country. The nation which will generate a huge amount of data will lead in the data economy,”