Telecom operators are planning to move Department of Telecommunications (DoT) seeking its intervention to stop adoption of an India-specific 5G standard backed by the Telecom Standards Development Society India (TSDSI). As per telcos, such a move could increase 5G rollout costs by almost 30 per cent-40 per cent.

To this end, telcos are planning to urge DoT to align with the rest of the world and adopt the global 5G network standard approved by the International Telecom Union (ITU) to leverage global 5G ecosystem benefits. According to the telcos, the move is necessary to ensure cost-effective rollouts and availability of 5G devices at affordable rates.

In addition, the operators are likely to caution the government that adoption of an India-centric TSDSI-backed 5G radio interface technology (RIT) standard could trigger serious inter-operability issues between networks and devices. The telcos believe that TSDSI-backed standard would not meet the performance criteria for 5G deployments in rural India.

However, TSDSI had dismissed such concerns, saying there would not be any cost implications as the enhancements require just a software change, but telcos are not convinced.