India is set to scurry on the rollout of 6G services by 2030 as Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid out a roadmap for its development on Wednesday.
What Happened? Narendra Modi unveiled India's 6G mission, which visualises a focused initiative for the next-generation tech in India, and the official 6G testbed project to allow research on new network technologies. The government has also appointed an apex council to oversee the proceedings.
The vision document released by the Department of Telecom states that while 5G technology promises a speed of 40-1,100 Mbps with the potential to hit a maximum speed of 10,000 Mbps, 6G will offer ultra-low latency with speeds up to 1 terabit per second, which is 1,000 times more than the highest data transfer speed achievable through 5G.
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Why it Matters? The 6G testbed, intends to serve as an R&D platform for start-ups, researchers, industry and other broadband wireless applications in India like e-governance, smart cities, rural broadband or other Digital India initiatives under the country’s ‘Make in India’ program.
The Prime Minister during his launch speech highlighted that India has made massive leaps in recent months to move from being a mere consumer of telecom technology to becoming a major exporter of that technology.
“Within six months of the 5G rollout, today we are talking about 6G. This shows the confidence of India. Today we have brought the vision document to the fore. This will become a big base for the rollout of 6G,” Modi said.
India is the second-largest telecom market globally with 1.2 billion digital subscribers.
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