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India’s 5G test bed to be fully operational by 2021, says Bhaskar Ramamurthi

October 10, 2018
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According to Bhaskar Ramamurthi, national coordinator of the government’s 'Building an End-to-End 5G Test Bed' project, India’s 5G test bed would be fully operational by 2021. While the first version of the test bed would be ready by the end of 2019, the final version would be ready by 2021. Further, over 300 people would be industry-ready and trained in 5G technology by 2021.

India is targeting to rollout 5G services simultaneously with other countries. In this regard, the centre had launched the three-year project to advance innovation and research in 5G.

The centre had awarded this project to Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur, Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology (CEWiT), Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering and Research (SAMEER) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. The total budget for this project amounts to Rs 2.24 billion. The Ministry of Telecommunications has approved a financial grant for the same.

Further, the test bed is already collaborating with around 12 startups working on 5G.

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