A top official says the industry should embrace fifth-generation (5G) technology to develop new employment prospects and intellectual property rights (IPR) domestically.
The official added that the Telecom Technology Development Fund (TTDF) is another programme designed to foster local technology and industry, which would contribute to creating jobs by improving skills.
Early this week, the department extended the TTDF scheme’s application submission deadline to December 31, 2022. It was also mentioned by the official that 5G represents a chance to ignite local research and development (R&D) and manufacturing.
The official said that the government would establish 100 test sites at various technical institutes and colleges and train 100,000 people in skill sets in collaboration with the Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC).
The official asserted that 5G can deliver from all angles, noting that cybersecurity is one of the difficulties with 5G. It was claimed that up to 42 businesses have signed up for the production-linked incentive (PLI) programme.
In addition to commercial use, it was mentioned that the government is eager to install 5G in social sectors such as schools and that right-of-way concerns with the states would be fine-tuned in the upcoming few months. The PM GatiShakti programme, launched by the Center, aims to hasten the nation’s infrastructure deployment.
The official added that IoT, M2M, LEO, and MEO should all be included when examining connection rather than just 5G. The department has already communicated with Niti Aayog and the Ministry of Health and is prepared to support any pilot projects that have demonstrable results.
10 distinct consortiums have been established by the Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT) to construct various elements of optical communications and 5G.