Local 5G equipment will be available by March 2023

The Department of Telecommunications estimates that domestic 5G telecom equipment, including core and radio components, could be commercially available by March 2023. (DoT). India may now be a worldwide player in the telecom equipment market as a result of the growth.

The Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT), which develops radio and core components, will be able to commercialise its technology, according to DoT officials. A further three to four months will probably be needed for the process.

The state-owned telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited’s 5G core and radio access network (RAN) was developed by C-DoT. (BSNL). The domestic 5G stack has been tested by a consortium led by TCS and composed of the telematics centre. The Chandigarh proof-of-concept (PoC) network is currently operational.

The change comes after the C-DoT unveiled its in-house non-standalone (5G) core last month. A telecom network’s core, which delivers networks quickly, functions as its backbone.

To complete the 5G stack and lessen India’s reliance on foreign network equipment suppliers, C-DoT is also creating 5G antennae. By 2023, the state-owned R&D company will introduce 5G standalone (SA).

With this, India will become a telecom equipment manufacturer, joining China, South Korea, the US, Sweden, and Finland. Big players in the telecom equipment sector include Nokia from Finland, Ericsson from Sweden, Qualcomm from the US, and Huawei from China.

Samsung of South Korea, which last year signed a contract with Reliance Jio, is likewise poised to play a significant role in the years to come.

Following the massive spectrum sale that took place during the last week of September and the first week of October this year, India’s telecoms have largely stated their plans for the 5G rollout.

On October 1, the first 5G networks were launched by the prime minister, Narendra Modi. The first to have 5G access were eight cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru.