Even as Reliance Jio, Airtel at war, their top honchos to sit together on this panel

By: | Published: October 6, 2017 5:26 AM

Bharti Airtel's managing director and CEO (India & South Asia) Gopal Vittal and Reliance Jio's managing director Sanjay Mashruwala are part of the high-level forum set up by the Department of Telecommunications to develop a road map for operationalising fifth generation (5G) mobile services in the country by 2020.

airtel, reliance jio, government 5g panel, government on 5gWhile DoT secretary Aruna Sundararajan is the chairperson of the panel, IT secretary Ajay Sawhney and secretary of the Department of Science & Technology Ashutosh Sharma are the co-chairs.

Bharti Airtel’s managing director and CEO (India & South Asia) Gopal Vittal and Reliance Jio’s managing director Sanjay Mashruwala are part of the high-level forum set up by the Department of Telecommunications to develop a road map for operationalising fifth generation (5G) mobile services in the country by 2020.

Apart from Mashruwala and Vittal, who is also the chairman of telecom industry body COAI, other top executives from the industry in the 22-member panel include chairman of Sycamore Networks Gururaj Deshpande, TCS’ chief technology officer (CTO) Ananth Krishnan and chairman of India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) Ashwani K Aggarwal.

While DoT secretary Aruna Sundararajan is the chairperson of the panel, IT secretary Ajay Sawhney and secretary of the Department of Science & Technology Ashutosh Sharma are the co-chairs.

Prominent members from the academia include professor emeritus of Stanford University A Paulraj as well as directors of IIT Madras, IIT Mumbai, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Delhi and the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.

The DoT and Telecom Centres of Excellence (TCOE), a public-private partnership (PPP) between the industry and the government will aid the panel in preparing

the report.

Communications minister Manoj Sinha, who had announced creating of the forum last week, had also said the government has earmarked Rs 500 crore for research and development (R&D) in 5G. The panel has to submit its report on 5G vision, mission and goals by March 2018. The terms of reference of the high-level committee will be vision, mission and goals for 5G India 2020, and evaluate and approve road maps and action plans for the same.

The primary goals of the panel are to achieve early deployment of 5G in India and a globally competitive product development and manufacturing ecosystem targeting 50% of the Indian market and 10% of the global market over next five to seven years.

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