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NEW DELHI: Fifth generation or 5G technology should be used by the industry to create new employment opportunities and intellectual property rights (IPR) locally, a top official said.

“We should use 5G as the opportunity to create local jobs and intellectual property rights (IPR),” secretary, Department of Telecommunications (DoT) K Rajaraman said.

The official further said that the Telecom Technology Development Fund (TTDF) is another initiative aimed to develop technologies and manufacturing locally, and that would help in creation of jobs through skill development.

Early this week, the department extended the deadline for submission of applications to December 31, 2022 under the TTDF scheme.

Rajaraman was speaking at the third edition of the Digital Telco Summit – 2022, organised by ETTelecom.

“5G represents an opportunity to fire up local research and development (R&D) and manufacturing,” he said.

The government, according to him, would create 100 test beds in various technical institutions and universities, and provide skill training to 100,000 individuals together with the Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC).

“We are aiming that by the end of next year, 4G reaches every part of India,” he said.

From all perspectives, 5G can deliver, the official said, adding that cybersecurity is also one of the challenges in 5G.

As many as 42 companies have joined the production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme, according to him.

Rajaraman said that besides commercial use, the government is keen to deploy 5G in social sectors such as schools, and in the next couple of months, right-of-way issues with the states would be fine-tuned.

Rajaraman further said that the department intends to look at opportunities within the space in terms of developing new standards, and expects that the scope and scale of 6G would be finalised by 2023-24 worldwide.

The Centre has come out with the PM GatiShakti initiative to accelerate the infrastructure deployment in the country.”We are also working with 6G, starting with 5G+, together with global organisations such as 3GPP,” he said, adding that the development of new standards would be another opportunity.

The official further said that the connectivity would not be 5G alone, but it should be looked at holistically with IoT, M2M, LEO and MEO. The department, according to him, has already engaged with the Ministry of Health and Niti Aayog, and is ready to support the pilot initiatives with tangible outcomes.

The Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT), according to him, has formed 10 different consortiums to build different parts of 5G and optical communications.


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