India's telecom minister Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw said the country's 5G network is already in its final stages of development.
India’s 5G network is already in its final stages of development. This, according to Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Minister of Communications, Electronics & Information Technology and Railway, during his inaugural address yesterday for this week’s India Telecom 2022 event, an exclusive international business expo organized by the Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council (TEPC) under the Market Access Initiative Scheme (MAI) of the Department of Commerce, with support from the Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of External Affairs, and Indian missions in different countries.
The event, scheduled for February 8 to 10, is being attended by qualified buyers from more than 45 countries. Apart from the conference, over 40 Indian telecom companies are showcasing their products and capabilities at the exhibition.
“India has emerged as a major electronics manufacturing hub. Today, electronics manufacturing in India is close to $75 billion. It is growing at more than 20% CAGR,” said Vaishnaw. “Now, we have launched a major semiconductor program, a very comprehensive program in which right from silicon chip to compound semiconductors, design led manufacturing, creating a series of entrepreneurs in design and also finally to develop 85,000 semiconductor engineers.”
He added that the India has also developed its own 4G core and radio network, and that it is participating in the development of 6G standards, in the thought process of 6G.
“Communications is not merely a facility. It empowers citizen of the country by helping them to get information, education, and opportunity to ask question and make the Government of the day accountable,” said Shri Devusinh Chauhan, Minister of State for Communications. “Transparency and Accountability make our democracy vibrant and strong. It is a prime mover for socio-economic changes. That is why, the Government has made an ambitious plan taking optical fiber to all six lacs villages. We have reached to 2.6 lacs villages and Department of Telecom plans to achieve the target by 2025. This will also bridge the digital divide as well as fulfil the motto of ‘Minimum Government and Maximum Governance.’”
In his address, Shri K Rajaraman, Chairman DCC & Secretary (T), Department of Telecommunications, said, “The government has enabled easy market access to telecom equipment and a fair & proactive regulatory framework that has ensured availability of telecom services to consumers at affordable prices. The regulation on the Foreign Direct Investments and a series of reform measures have been taken last year to make doing business easier and less costly. Reforms initiatives in the telecom sector is being pushed further with more such efforts later this year. The growing receptiveness to explore possibilities with newer technologies including satellite-based connectivity is a positive sign. Testing of a wholly Indian design, Indian 4G stack is in final stages and we expect this roll out in a few months. 5G is going to play a crucial role in evolving the tech industry, and 5G would pave the way for bringing new used cases to life that can lead to proliferation of FinTech solutions in the Indian as well as in global markets. 5G equipment are being manufactured in India for the world.”