Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, Telecom Secretary and Chairman of the Telecom Commission during her inaugural address at an event on "Catalysing 5G Launch in India" in New Delhi today announced, "India will be ready with a full roadmap for 5G technology by June this year."
Terming 5G as important for India's massive "digitisation and digitalisation" efforts, Sundarajan stated, "The government is working with all stakeholders including the industry, academia and startup community, to become a frontrunner in the area of 5G."
"A high-level forum on 5G which includes global experts, industry experts, IITs, IISc, has already commenced work and done a fair amount of deliberation. By June, India will have a full roadmap ready on this," she announced while addressing an event at Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI).
Ms Aruna Sundararajan @Secretary_DoT during her inaugural address at an event on "Catalysing #5G Launch in India" in New Delhi today. Shri N. Sivasailam, Special Secretary @DoT_India was also present .#5GIndiaForum @ConnectCOAI pic.twitter.com/mN1G1fY7IQ— DoT India (@DoT_India) March 27, 2018
She also highlighted that the forum is deliberating on the vision, goals, and roadmap on 5G, and will also look at related areas of spectrum policy, regulatory regime, pilot programmes and the test bed.
"I wonder whether we are correct in calling 5G as next generation. It represents next order of capabilities. The capabilities that it will unleash, are transformative," she further added.
The 5th generation wireless network will address the evolution beyond the mobile internet to the massive Internet of Things (IoT) for the horizon 2020. 5G is targeting to reach both high speed (1 Gbps), low power and low latency (1ms or less), for massive IoT, tactile internet, and robotics.