TEMA has appointed Brijendra Kumar Syngal, founder chairman of VSNL, as the Chairman of TEMA 6G Council.

Syngal is a pioneer in the Indian telecommunication sector and has been referred to as the ‘Father of Internet & Data Services in India’. His five-decade career has included senior executive positions in the major and public sector telecom companies in India including chairman and managing director of VSNL, chairman of Reliance Telecom and vice chairman of BPL Communications. He has also served as chairman, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (London); governor, INTELSAT Board, Washington DC; and as a councilor for the INMARSAT Council in London.

There has been abnormal hype in India and the world for 5G. TEMA feels that the hysteria is only for the mobile portion of 5G, for which the finalised specifications are expected to be released by 3GPP by December 2022. The 5G application for industrial and utility are not getting much attention whereas what is required for India are only those. In the meantime, talks have already started globally for 6G.

TEMA feels it is the right time for India to start planning for 6G with focus on technology and domestic manufacturing. To enable this TEMA has formed a TEAM 6G Council.

Commenting on the appointment, Ravi Sharma, Chairman TEMA said, “The focus of telecom is broadband now and India can take a centre stage in development of future technology like 6G. This would make India AatmNirbhar in technology and manufacturing both. TEMA has decided to lead this movement and appointed BK Syngal as the Chairman of TEMA 6G Council. With the rich & pioneering experience of national & international telecom, Mr Syngal is the right person for leading 6G movement. While the 5G should be demystified for Policy Makers as well as the common man, the Govt should start the process of policy making for 6G for harnessing the technology and manufacturing strength of the country.”

Meanwhile, Syngal said, “We are being made zombies by the 5G phobia. We must shift gears to go into 6G or any G by redefining Gs. We need to talk in terms of bandwidth delivery, devices applications etc with always on the internet. 80 per cent of the world is for mixed high bandwidths, a miniscule for high bandwidth when on the move. These two will have to be segregated in system designs and delivery processes. However, we can’t force expensive mobility and spectrum guzzlers solutions on fixed users. I am happy to lead the TEMA initiative of TEMA 6G Council.”

“TEMA is focused on nation building through telecom and proud to see that TEMA 6G Council would be led by one of the most respected technocrat BK Syngal. Together with him, TEMA is committed to make India one of leaders in world for 6G with support from Govt. and other stakeholders,” noted NK Goyal, chairman, Emeritus, TEMA.