India to commercialize 5G network with the rest of the world

India —

India is likely to get 5G technology by the same time, it becomes commercially available in the rest of the world as the country enters an era of Internet of Things (IoT), Telecom Secretary J S Deepak was cited as saying by ET.

During IoT Congress 2016, Deepak said, “We got 2G 25 years after the rest of the world, at least after the developed world. We got 3G more than a decade after it became ubiquitous in US, Europe. 4G may be, five years after its global launch. In 5G, we have the chance of being there with the rest of the world.”

In the past, there seemed to be a gap existing, which would bring telecom technologies to the country much later. However, with bridging of the gap, India would not only embrace 5G at the same time as the rest of the world, but also could take up a leadership position, as the world of Internet of Things (IoT) begin to park itself into Indian lives, in both consumer and industry.

Speaking at the IoT Congress 2016, Telecom and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, said, “IoT is important more for the poor, for the farmers, for healthcare, for education sectors, to make the quality of life better.”

Deepak added that the IoT ecosystem in the country would be here soon, and the Department of Telecom (DoT) has established a machine-to-machine (M2M) operations roadmap which will bring together regulators, various bodies involved in the establishment of the standards, manufacturers, and even prospective users, in a synergistic fashion, for overall growth and development of associated industries.

He delved deeper into the technical developments which are in the pipeline, which include new KYC norms for SIM embedded M2M devices, a new 13-digit numbering scheme for IoT for these devices using SIM cards. He mentioned, “The Department of Telecom has requested the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India for recommendations in the area of quality of service standards of international roaming system and requirement of additional spectrum for an IoT ecosystem in India.”

“As soon as the recommendations are received we hope to come out with specific decisions,” he recommended.