The government has constituted high level 5G India 2020 forum
GN Bureau | September 28, 2017
After 4G, the next big thing is 5G and the government is geared up to take it to the next level.
India is at the cusp of a next generation of wireless technology 5G, which has been conceived as a foundation for expanding the potential of the networked society. A digital transformation brought about through the power of connectivity is taking place in almost every industry. Therefore, the manner in which future networks will cope with massively varied demands and a business
landscape will be significantly different from today.
The economic benefits from the 5G technology are also quite immense. As per the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) Committee on Digital Economic Policy, it has been stated that 5G technologies rollout will help in
a) Increasing GDP
b) Creating employment
c) Digitizing the economy.
For India, 5G provides an opportunity for industry to reach out to global markets, and consumers to gain with the economies of scale. Worldwide countries have launched similar forums and thus, India has joined the race in 5G technologies.
The government has constituted high level 5G India 2020 forum with three secretaries of key ministries/departments - telecom, Meity and DST, and also comprising renowned experts like A. Paulraj, professor emeritus, Stanford University, US, Gururaj Deshpande - chairman of Sycamore Networks, Sandstone, US, Indian industry led by CEOs of ICT industry, Telecom Standard Development Organisation of India (TSDSI), professors from IIT Madras, IIT Mumbai, IIT Delhi, IIT Hyderabad, IISc Bengaluru, IT industry and stakeholders from industry associations.
The primary goals of the forum are to achieve:
The forum will complement the eco-system by focused actions in the following areas:
The forum will constitute a number of steering committees in different domains.
A vibrant eco-system of research built around 5G that encompasses industry, government and academia will further strengthen the make and design in India initiatives to enable:
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