India to launch 6G technology likely by 2023-end or 2024

“6G development has already started and will be seen in 2024 or 2023-end.  We are going in the direction in which we will have designed in India telecom software for running the networks, made in India telecom equipment, served in India telecom networks which can go global,” he added.

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India to launch 6G technology likely by 2023-end or 2024

On Tuesday, Ashwini Vaishnaw, Minister for Communication said India is working towards an indigenously developed 6G technology expected to launch either by 2023 end or early 2024.

Vaishnaw said requisite permissions have already been granted to scientists and engineers working on the 6G technology, in an agenda-setting  online webinars,  the fourth in a series by the Financial Times and The Indian Express ‘New Technology and the Green Economy: Two Trends Shaping a New India?’

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“6G development has already started and will be seen in 2024 or 2023-end.  We are going in the direction in which we will have designed in India telecom software for running the networks, made in India telecom equipment, served in India telecom networks which can go global,” he added.

 The minister said the launch of indigenous 5G is likely to happen with the development of core software for the technology to be done by the third quarter of next year. The auctions for the 5G spectrum are also on the cards in the second quarter of the calendar year 2022. A testimonial has been made to TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) for 5G spectrum auctions. The consultation process is already started which should end somewhere in the February-March time frame in 2022 and then the auction process will be in Q2 of the calendar year 2022,” he said.

The Cabinet had approved a series of nine structural and procedural reforms to address the short-term liquidity needs as well as long-term issues of telecom companies earlier this year. The government had given the telcos an option to go for a four-year moratorium on payment of deferred spectrum and adjusted gross revenue dues. Of the three telcos, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea have opted for the four-year moratorium. Vaishnaw had mentioned while announcing these reforms that there would be another set of reforms for the telecom sector to sort out long-pending legacy issues. And the industry is adjusting to these reforms which should come in 3-4 months.

The government had also announced changes such as streamlining of the auction calendar and removal of the spectrum usage charges (SUC) from auctions, which had been a demand of the private telcos for since long time.

Telcos now will also be able to receive 100 percent foreign direct investment through the automatic route, up from the 49 percent permitted earlier. For all future auctions, the DoT will not ask for bank guarantees to secure installment payments while the tenure for which spectrum can be held has been increased to 30 years from 20 years, with the option of allowing the telecom service provider to surrender the spectrum after 10 years following payment of a certain fee. An additional SUC of 0.5 percent, which was levied on spectrum sharing, has also been done away with.

Source: Indian Express, Trak.in

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“6G development has already started and will be seen in 2024 or 2023-end.  We are going in the direction in which we will have designed in India telecom software for running the networks, made in India telecom equipment, served in India telecom networks which can go global,” he added.
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