The Telematics Development Center (C-DOT) is committed to building partnerships within the 5G ecosystem with a range of stakeholders including local industry and start-ups. C-DOT continued to focus on evolving a coordinated collaborative framework that supports multiple vendors and fosters healthy competition among major 5G players in a results-driven, customer-driven environment. the targets.
Broadband, especially mobile broadband, has become an integral part of life. Its adoption has been accelerated by the rapid expansion of 4G services across the country since 2015. Currently, 800 million subscribers have access to broadband, up from 100 million subscribers in 2014. According to a Press releasethrough policy initiatives, the government has been able to provide citizens with access to mobile banking, online education, and telemedicine, among others.
Dr. Rajkumar Upadhyay, Executive Director, C-DOT highlighted the vision of PM GatiShakti because it exploits the technological potential of the country. This is done by creating an enabling environment for the creation of innovative initiatives by R&D, industry and local start-ups. He highlighted the importance of achieving synergy between the different participants in the technology ecosystem to drive innovation and competitive spirit leading to the rapid development of holistic indigenous solutions.
He expressed his confidence in the emerging partnerships between R&D and industry to enable the proliferation of indigenous 5G across the country and stressed that effective collaborations would bring Indian products and solutions to the international market.
C-DOT is the premier research and development (R&D) center of the Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications, Government of India. C-DOT has overseen the design and development of a multitude of telecommunications software applications such as optics, switching and routing, wireless and security. In addition to developing a native 4G solution, C-DOT is now focusing its attention on 5G.
This month, C-DOT sign a collaboration agreement in the field of the radio network based on Open RAN for the 5G solution. The collaboration will leverage the complementary strengths of telecommunications R&D and private industry to accelerate the local design, development and deployment of end-to-end 5G solutions that would be mutually beneficial for all stakeholders. In addition, the partnership will go a long way in strengthening indigenous intellectual property as well as facilitating wider adoption and monetization of domestic 5G products and solutions.
Previously, Ashwini Vaishnaw, Minister for Union Railways, Communications, Electronics and Information Technology said that at the current pace, he was confident that 5G rollout will start in at least 20-25 cities and towns by the end of 2022. He revealed that India currently has the lowest price for data around the world and that the price “is at least 10 times cheaper than what other countries offer”.
In related developments, OpenGov Asia reported on the upcoming 5G spectrum auction in July 2022. Digital connectivity has been an important part of government policy initiatives through programs such as Digital India, Startup India and Made in India.
A total of 72097.85 MHz of spectrum with a validity period of 20 years will be auctioned by the end of July this year. The auction will cover spectrum in various low (600 MHz, 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz), mid (3300 MHz) and high (26 GHz) frequency bands.
The government has announced that, initially, there will be no obligation to make upfront payments by bidders. Spectrum payments can be made in 20 equal annual installments to be paid in advance at the beginning of each year. This should significantly alleviate cash requirements and reduce the cost of doing business in this sector.
To meet backhaul demand, the government has decided to temporarily allocate two carriers of 250 MHz each in E-band to telecommunications service providers. The government has also decided to double the number of traditional microwave backhaul carriers in the existing frequency bands of 13, 15, 18 and 21 GHz.