If you have been facing problems with your internet connections and consider 4G as 2G’s elder brother, then your worries are soon going to be knocked out. In a major announcement, the department of telecommunications said that the formation of a high-level forum will now be made in order to develop the road map for 5G services in India by 2020.

Also in order to make sure that this time India doesn’t lack behind in getting the 5G services, like the case with 4G services, the government has also earmarked Rs 500 crore for research and development (R&D).

Commenting on the matter, telecom minister Manoj Sinha said, “We cannot be left behind in 5G when many other countries are adopting the 5G technology. With this forum, India too will be successful in launching 5G by 2020.”

An amount of Rs 500 crore will be spent by three ministries combined — telecom, electronics and IT and science and technology.

The idea comes in as people still face number of challenges in making uninterrupted cellphone call or surfing the internet at remote places like villages and small towns.

According to reports doing rounds, the panel also includes Professors from IIT Madras, IIT Mumbai, IIT Delhi, IIT Hyderabad, IISc Bengaluru, chairman of Sycamore Networks, Gururaj Deshpande.

India is readying itself to be 5G friendly by 2020 in a bid to speed up its ‘Digital India’ and ‘Make in India’ initiatives and keep pace with ‘global technology adoption’ where the younger generation is used to connected devices like smart phones, smart watches and other smart wearables.

The telecom industry witnesses new mobile generation roughly every 10 years since the first 1G system was introduced in 1981.

First Published | 27 September 2017 3:20 PM
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