Steering Committee sets action plans for 5G roadmap in India

• The Steering Committee constituted for identifying the 5G deployment roadmap for India has submitted its 5G high-level forum report titled ‘Making India 5G Ready’ to Telecom Secretary.

• The key recommendations and action plan for the report include spectrum policy; regulatory policy; education and awareness promotion; application and use case labs; participation in international standards; development of application layer standards; and major 5G trials.

• The committee has suggested that government may announce its policy by December 31 and issue necessary notifications. It has also asked for setting up a Standing Committee with a five-year term to advise on building Spectrum Technology Infrastructure.

• For education and awareness promotion, it has suggested for appointing a full-time Senior Programme Coordinators with TDSI. It has suggested for the appointment of a full-time SPC within IIT-Madras to implement recommendations of Task Force.

• The steering committee was constituted last year to articulate the vision for 5G in India and to recommended policy initiatives and action plans to realise this vision. It has prioritized three action plans for 5G in India – Deployment, Technology and Manufacturing.

• Under Deployment, it has talked about rolling out early, efficient and pervasive 5G networks to maximize the value offered by this new technology. In technology, it has suggested for building India’s industrial and R&D capacity in the design and IP dimensions of 5G. Under manufacturing, it suggested for expanding the manufacturing base in 5G for both semiconductor fabrication as well as assembly and test plants.

• The High-Level Forum focused on Deployment as the initial thrust area and a Steering Committee was constituted. Seven task forces were set up to study – spectrum policy, regulatory policy, education and awareness promotion programme, application and use case labs, development of application layer standards, major trials and demonstration and participation in international standards.

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