Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened the opening ceremony on Tuesday the country’s first 5G Testbed to allow startups and industry players to test and validate their products on-site and reduce dependency on overseas facilities. The testbed was set up at a cost of around Rs 220 crore.
Speaking at the Silver Jubilee celebrations of the Telecom Regulatory Body of India (Trai), the Prime Minister said the 5G testbed is on important step towards independence towards critical and modern technologies.
In his speech, PM Modi said in the eight years that his government has been in power, India has infused new energy into its telecoms sector through 5R.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said so this 5G technology will contribute $450 billion to the Indian economy over the next decade and a half.
PM has inaugurated the country’s first 5G testbed to allow startups and industry players to test and validate their products on-site and reduce dependency on overseas facilities. He expressed his support for 5G technology and predicted that it will bring about a positive change in the way the country is governed.
In the absence of a 5G testbed, startups and other industry players have had to go abroad to test and validate their products for installation on a 5G network.
“I invite childhood friends, researchers and companies to use the test facility for manufacturing 5G technology,” said PM Narendra Modi.
“It will also bring a positive change in terms of ease of doing business and living. All sectors including agriculture, health, education, infrastructure and logistics. This technology will simplify things and also create employment opportunities,” PM said. The 5G testbed was developed as a cross-institute joint project by eight institutes led by IIT Madras.
The other institutes involved in the project are IIT Delhi, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Bombay, IIT Kanpur, IISc Bangalore, Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering & Research (SAMEER) and Center of Excellence in Wireless Technology (CEWiT). The test environment will be available in 5 different locations.
The Prime Minister also announced that India should be ready to launch 6G services in the next ten years, for which a task force has already started work.
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