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India targets to roll out 5G by 2020

Newspatrolling: While 4G is the current buzz, the government is in no mood to settle down with it. The government has already started targeting 5G and has been planning to launch 5G in the country by 2020. To achieve that objective, the government has set up a high-level forum that will discuss the possibility of launching 5G in the country and provide the roadmap for its launch. Funds worth Rs 500 crore have been allocated for research and development that will be needed to introduce 5G in the country. The forum comprises members from various ministries such as telecom, science and technology and information technology. Speaking about the development, Minister of State for Communications Manoj Sinha said, “We missed the opportunity to participate when the standards were being set for 3G and 4G, but don’t want to miss the 5G opportunity. Now when the standards are being set for 5G across the world, India will also participate in the process,”

5G would really bring the country in the fast track, as it would allow 10 GBPS broadband connections in urban areas and around 1 GBPS connections in rural areas. While India was following the developed world in 2G, 3G and 4G, it now wants to be ahead in the race for 5G. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had recently floated a consultation paper, wherein it had asked for inputs from stakeholders regarding the timing and quantum of spectrum in the 3300-3400 MHz and 3400-3600 MHz bands that will be utilized for 5G.

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