Govt to finalise 5G service roadmap by June: Telecom Secretary

The Department of Telecom expects to finalise a roadmap for 5G services by June this year, a top official said.

"By June this year, I hope we will be able to unveil India's 5G roadmap," Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said at an Assocham event today.

Globally, standards around 5G are expected to be finalised this year.

The telecom ministry has set up a high-level committee to work on 5G roadmap so that India gets access to the next generation technology when it is available for commercial roll-out globally.

"In the 5G we are looking to do lot of pilots. So when 5G hits India will be at leading edge of technology as well as used cases," Sundararajan said.

She said that the DoT is in the process of framing new numbering scheme for SIMs that will be used for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications.

The 5G services is consider to focus more around M2M services like use sensors in cars and other vehicles to prevent accident, smart homes and smart cities etc.

"Just as last 18-24 months have been period of rapid and radical changes. In the next 12 months we will see large number of these capabilities being built in India. In the coming months we will begin to see actual roll out of M2M," Sundararajan said.

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.

We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

Business Standard is now on Telegram.
For insightful reports and views on business, markets, politics and other issues, subscribe to our official Telegram channel