According to sources, telecom equipment vendors can now claim benefits for local production of 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) equipment under the production linked incentive (PLI) scheme for telecom and networking products. The move is expected to boost the availability of affordable 5G FWA equipment as operators roll out 5G networks across the country.

As per K Rajaraman, chairman, Digital Communications Commission, and secretary (Telecommunications), Department of Telecommunications (DoT), the PLI scheme includes 5G consumer premise equipment such as FWA. There is a great opportunity to raise broadband coverage and quality of service using FWA, especially in urban settings. 

Companies can claim the financial benefits for manufacturing FWA equipment as part of the PLI scheme by applying to get the product included in their approved list.