The semiconductor shortage has forced chipmakers and smartphone manufacturers to focus on 5G related stuff. It has resulted in 4G phones becoming scarce as well as pricier. As a matter of fact, almost a quarter of devices shipping in India now supports 5G even though users cannot enjoy the benefits of having a 5G device. However, that is about to change.
Department of Telecommunications (DoT), in a press statement, revealed that 12 Indian cities are going to get 5G services in 2022. The list of cities, includes Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Gandhinagar, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Jamnagar, Kolkata, Chennai, Lucknow, Pune, Delhi, and Mumbai.
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The official statement for DoT on 5G in India
Here is one of the official statements from DoT:
“Costing Rs 224 crore, the project is likely to be completed by December 31, 2021, paving the way for end-to-end testing of 5G (/topic/5g) User Equipment (UEs) and network equipment by 5G (/topic/5g) stakeholders developing 5G (/topic/5g) products/services/use cases, including indigenous start-ups, SMEs, Academia and Industry in the country”.
DoT is talking about the indigenous 5G testbed project that has been in work for the last 36 months. Several prestigious colleges of India, including IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Madras, IIT Kanpur, IISC Bangalore, SAMEER, and CEWiT are working on it.
Moreover, the DoT has also revealed that it has sent a request to TRAI in September 2021. In the request, it asked TRAI for recommendations on band plan, block size, reserve price, among other things. The TRAI will also help DoT decide the quantum of spectrum to be auctioned and more.
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