5G Spectrum Auctions In India Slated Early Next Year: Telecom Secretary

Bhubaneswar: 5G spectrum auctions are slated to take place in the country early next year, informed K Rajaraman, Union Secretary Telecommunications and Chairman Digital Communications Commission.

Speaking at a workshop centred on the theme, “Exploiting the Potential of Indian Telecom R&D Together – The Way Forward” with the awardees of the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) and Digital Communication Innovation Square (DCIS) schemes of the Government of India conducted by Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT), the premier Telecom R&D centre of the Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications today in New Delhi Rajaraman said, “5G offers us a great opportunity and  5G spectrum auctions are slated to take place early next year”.

He exhorted C-DOT to take active leadership in the early implementation of 5G & 6G in collaboration with Indian companies, start-ups and academia.

He emphasized upon the need to bring synergy across the relevant stakeholders to tap the huge potential of home-grown technologies and expertise that would pave the way for the realization of the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of “Atmanirbhar Bharat” and “Gati Shakti”.

He also highlighted the Government’s priorities towards making India a manufacturing hub that is reflected in the phenomenal growth of domestic electronics manufacturing since 2014-15.

Anita Praveen, Special Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, stressed upon DoT’s initiatives like PLI and DCIS aimed at encouraging the industry and start-ups to accelerate indigenous development & production of Telecom technologies.

She emphasized upon collaboration with R&D in the Telecom Sector for active participation in the implementation of 5G in the country.

The objective of the workshop was to bring various stakeholders including the industry, R&D, academia, startups and MSMEs on a common platform to deliberate upon the strengths and weaknesses in the indigenous manufacturing eco-system and work out effective technologies in an expeditious manner.

The workshop was focused on leveraging the R&D expertise of C-DOT in diverse areas of Telecom by the Indian manufacturing & startup ecosystem to accelerate the indigenous development of market-deployable solutions to not only meet the domestic demand but also for exporting to other countries.