Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Minister of Communications, Electronics and Information Technology and Railway has announced the successful testing of 5G call at IIT Madras. The first 5G call on a trial network set up at IIT Madras was done using indigenously-developed telecom gears.

The government, on May 17, 2022, inaugurated the country’s first 5G test-bed, incubated at IIT Madras, to enable startups and industry players to test and validate their products locally and reduce dependence on foreign facilities.

Meanwhile, the government expects commercial roll-out of 5G services to start in the country by August – September, 2022. At present, telecom companies have been allowed to only conduct trial of 5G services. India also aims to launch 6G network going forward.