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Demand for 5G services to be driven by healthcare, agriculture, energy and smart cities

May 24, 2018

The government expects an increase in demand for 5G services from healthcare, agriculture, energy and smart cities sectors in India.

As per Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, the centre has formed a panel with three secretary-level officers, to build a holistic framework for services.

A 22-member committee was formed by the DoT in September 2017. The committee is chaired by Sundararajan and has representation from the industry, government and academics. It aims to develop a competitive product portfolio, with the target of having a 50 per cent share of the Indian market and 10 per cent, globally, by 2025.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India circulated a consultation paper in August 2017, inviting views on the next auction of various spectrums, including 3300 MHz -3400 MHz and 3400 MHz - 3600 MHz bands, which are suitable for 5G mobile services. The consultation paper was followed by an open-house discussion. However, the regulator’s recommendations are still awaited.

Sundararajan said the government would be investing in three areas; research, creating intellectual property rights (IPR) and test beds.  The government has committed about Rs 5 billion for 5G test beds.




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