The parliament was informed that the date of mandatory certification of 4G products covered under phase-III and phase-IV of Mandatory Testing and Certification of Telecom Equipment (MTCTE) has been extended from July 1, 2022, to July 1, 2023.

In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Devusinh Chauhan, Minister of State for Communications, stated that many 5G products are being developed by the Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) and Indian startups, in line with policy initiatives of the government through flagship programmes and schemes for telecom products.

He also informed that an indigenous 5G test bed has been established at a cost of Rs 2.24 billion for experimenting and demonstrating 5G products, applications and use cases.

The minister further added that the scheme guidelines for the production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme have been amended to facilitate design-led manufacturing of 5G products in the country, with the objective to build a strong ecosystem for 5G.