The Center for the Development of Telematics (C-DOT) is committed to building associations within the 5G ecosystem with a variety of stakeholders, including local industry and startups. C-DOT has continued to emphasize the evolution of a coordinated collaborative framework that supports multiple vendors and promotes healthy competition among key 5G players in a goal- and outcome-oriented environment.
Broadband, especially mobile broadband, has become an integral part of life. Its adoption has accelerated thanks to the rapid expansion of 4G services across the country since 2015. Currently, 800 million subscribers have broadband access, compared to 100 million subscribers in 2014. According to a Press releaseThrough policy initiatives, the government has been able to provide citizens with access to mobile banking, online education, and telemedicine, among others.
Dr. Rajkumar Upadhyay, Executive Director, C-DOT highlighted the vision of PM GatiShakti since it takes advantage of the technological potential of the country. This is done by creating an environment for pioneering initiatives by local R&D, industry and start-ups. He underlined the importance of achieving synergy among the various participants in the technology ecosystem to stimulate novel innovation and competitive spirit leading to the development of holistic indigenous solutions in an expeditious manner.
He expressed confidence in emerging R&D-industry partnerships to enable the proliferation of indigenous 5G across the country and stressed that effective collaborations would bring Indian products and solutions to the international market.
C-DOT is the main Research and Development (R&D) center of the Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications, Government of India. C-DOT has overseen the design and development of a number of telecommunications software applications, including optical, switching and routing, wireless, and security. In addition to developing a native 4G solution, C-DOT is now turning its attention to 5G.
This month, C-DOT signed a collaboration agreement in the area of the radio network based on Open RAN for the 5G solution. The collaboration will leverage the complementary strengths of telecom R&D and private industry to accelerate indigenous design, development and deployment of end-to-end 5G solutions that would be mutually beneficial to all stakeholders. Additionally, the partnership will go a long way in strengthening indigenous intellectual property and facilitating greater adoption and monetization of domestic 5G products and solutions.
Previously, the Union Minister for Information Technology, Electronics, Communications and Railways, Ashwini Vaishnaw said that at the current rate, he was confident that 5G rollout would begin in at least 20-25 cities and towns by the end of 2022. He revealed that India currently has the lowest price of data worldwide and that the price “is at least 10 times cheaper than what other countries offer”.
In related developments, OpenGov Asia reported on upcoming 5G spectrum auctions in July 2022. Digital connectivity has been an important part of government policy initiatives through programs such as Digital India, indian start Y Made in India.
A total of 72097.85 MHz of spectrum with a validity period of 20 years will be auctioned at the end of July this year. The auction will be held for spectrum in various low (600 MHz, 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz), medium (3300 MHz) and high (26 GHz) frequency bands.
The government announced that, for the first time, there will be no mandatory advance payment requirement for bidders. Spectrum payments can be made in 20 equal annual installments payable in advance at the beginning of each year. This is expected to significantly ease cash flow requirements and reduce the cost of doing business in this sector.
To meet backhaul demand, the government decided to provisionally allocate two carriers of 250 MHz each in the E-band to telecom service providers. The government also decided to double the number of traditional microwave backhaul carriers in the existing 13, 15, 18 and 21 GHz frequency bands.