Telecom and IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw visited the 5G testbed at IIT-Madras and successfully tested a 5G call on an indigenously-developed network. The test-bed had been inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.
“This is the first step towards making the solution feasible commercially. Over the next few months, ‘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. At a time when concerns around cyber security are at their peak, India has been developing its local 5G network solution that it promises will be more efficient in cost as well as productivity.
Vaishnaw has said that the government will be deploying the solution, once its 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 a huge export potential. ”
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.