The department of telecommunications on Tuesday announced the formation of a high-level forum to develop the road map for operationalising fifth generation (5G) services in India by 2020. Besides, the government has also earmarked Rs 500 crore for research and development (R&D). “We cannot be left behind in 5G when many other countries are adopting the 5G technology. With this forum, India too will be successful in launching 5G by 2020,” Manoj Sinha, telecom minister Manoj Sinha told reporters. He said Rs 500 crore will be spent by the three ministries — telecom, electronics and IT and science and technology — on this. The panel also includes experts like Professor Emeritus of Stanford University A Paulraj, chairman of Sycamore Networks, Gururaj Deshpande and Indian industry led by chief executive officers of ICT industry, Telecom Standard Development Organisation of India (TSDSI), Professors from IIT Madras, IIT Mumbai, IIT Delhi, IIT Hyderabad, IISc Bengaluru and the IT industry.
The terms of reference of the high-level Forum for 5G India 2020 shall be — Vision Mission and Goals for the 5G India 2020, and Evaluate, approve road maps & action plans for 5G India 2020. 5G gives an opportunity to the industry to reach out to global markets as well as to the consumers to gain with the economies of scale. The primary goals of the forum are to achieve early deployment of 5G in India and a globally competitive product development and manufacturing ecosystem targeting 50% of Indian market and 10% of the global market over next five to seven years, the minister added.