The Army Training Command (ARTRAC) has partnered with Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT Madras) to establish a 5G testbed at the Military College of Telecommunication Engineering (MCTE) at Military Headquarters of War (Mhow), Indore, for the army’s operational use of 5G technology, especially along the borders.

To this end, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to facilitate the same has been signed between MCTE and IIT-M. The test bed will facilitate Indian Army to utilise the 5G technology for its operational use, especially along its borders.

The MoU signed is expected to give an impetus to induction of systems, devices and equipment using niche technology and also use of artificial intelligence (AI) based algorithms for enhancing capabilities of the Armed Forces. Meanwhile, it will also promote collaborative and cooperative research and facilitate exchange of ideas for development of new technologies.

Joint partnership between MCTE and IIT-Madras aims to accelerate Indian Army’s indigenisation efforts for achieving ‘Atmanirbharta’ in the fields of communications and provide a testing facility for Tri-Service and thus act as a catalyst for research and development (R&D). Under the ambit of the MoU, IIT Madras will provide consultancy, duly supported by research for feasibility studies and prototype development on 5G enabled future communications.