India’s first 5-G Test Bed- Key Facts

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently inaugurated India’s first 5G testbed, which is set up at Rs 220 crore.

What is the objective of establishing a 5G testbed?

The objective is to enable the telecom industry to test and validate their products within India and reduce their dependence on facilities abroad. Thus, this 5G testbed is an important step in India’s self-reliance in the area of modern technologies. The 5G testbed facility will be available at 5 different locations in the country.

Recently, Union IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw made India’s first 5G call at IIT Madras, which is one of the biggest moments for India’s first 5G testbed. This test call was operated on the mid-tier spectrums of the High 5G Frequency Bands.

Which institutes were involved in the 5G testbed project?

The 5G testbed is a multi-stakeholder collaborative project by eight institutes and led by IIT Madras. The other seven institutes are IIT Delhi, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Bombay, IIT Kanpur, IISc Bangalore, and Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering & Research (SAMEER) and Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology (CEWiT).

What are the benefits of 5G technology?

The advantages of the 5G network include better call connectivity, better voice clarity, reduction in call drops, quick connections, etc. It is estimated that 5G technology will contribute USD 450 billion to India’s economy in the next decade.

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