Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw successfully tests 5G call at IIT Madras

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Updated on May 20, 2022 10:02 IST

The 5G test bed was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 24, 2022, incubated at IIT Madras, to enable startups and industry players to test and validate their products locally and reduce dependence on foreign facilities.

Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw successfully tests 5G call at IIT Madras

Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw successfully tests 5G call at IIT Madras

Union Telecom and IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw visited the 5G test bed at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras and successfully tested the 5G call on an indigenously-developed network. The 5G test bed was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 24, 2022, incubated at IIT Madras, to enable startups and industry players to test and validate their products locally and reduce dependence on foreign facilities.

“This is the first step towards making the solution feasible commercially. Over the next few months, the Made-in-India solution has the potential of going from local to global. It also meets India’s needs indigenously and securely,” the minister said.

While speaking on the same, Vaishnaw said that at a time when cybersecurity is the main concern, India has developed its own local 5G network solution which promises to be more efficient in cost as well as productivity. He further said that the government will be deploying the solution, once it's ready for commercialisation, on the network of state-owned BSNL, and thereafter it will also be pitched to other private operators.

“We are confident that a more efficient solution which is also cost-effective will appeal to companies not only in India but even those who are abroad. We feel that the India-made 5G stack will have huge export potential,” he said.

For BSNL, the 4G and 5G stack is being developed by a consortium that has C-Dot working on the core, while the Tata group comes in with TCS and Tejas. The government will deploy this solution for BSNL’s upgradation to 4G and thereafter to 5G.

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