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Calcutta: 6G broadband technology will ring for the first time in the convergence of terrestrial and satellite communication networks currently in use and will also change the way people interact with machines in the future, a scenario that is expected to open more great opportunities and further contribute to bridging India’s digital divide, said K. Rajaraman, Secretary of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).

He cautioned, however, that all stakeholders must proceed with caution in national efforts to rapidly boost digital and financial inclusion by ensuring that the deployment of new technologies does not further exclude people already outside the market. digital network of the country.

“Individual technology platforms may offer promising applications, but the convergence of technology networks that 6G is expected to bring by merging terrestrial and satcom networks, as well as a paradigm shift in machine-human interactions will shatter greater opportunities. and will provide more options, ”Rajaraman said. at the Infinity Forum industry event on Friday.

He added that “the combined power of space and ground technologies would propel mobile and broadband connectivity across the country,” which in turn, would allow the range of digital services to reach remote areas of the country.

The telecommunications secretary, however, said new technologies were a mixed bag and called on policymakers, industry and regulators to take “great care to ensure that the deployment of new technologies does not leave citizens already digitally excluded Indians further behind. “New technologies can tip the scales in favor of those with the IT and financial power, which is both a challenge and an opportunity.”

In the immediate term, Rajaraman said that “5G is the next technological frontier” that could pave the way for powerful use cases that could lead to the proliferation of fintech solutions, and also stimulate local manufacturing of systems. 5G products with likely 5G deployments in 2022, post-auction around April-May next year.

Amid further turmoil in the emerging broadband segment from outer space, the telecoms secretary reiterated that a DoT task force was exploring ways to make it easier to do business in the satcom space by quickly approving proposals for investment in space technologies.

Last month, Rajaraman said the DoT would soon consider the recommendations of an internal task force formed to formulate a roadmap for creating a superior satellite communications ecosystem in India.

“Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellations offer exciting opportunities to boost broadband coverage and inclusive growth in rural and remote areas, and the space sector can play a central role in providing affordable financial products.” and accessible to low-income group clients living in remote areas, ”Rajaraman said.

The DoT secretary’s comments come at a time when Bharti-backed OneWeb, Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Amazon’s Project Kuiper, and the Tata-Telesat combination are gearing up to enter the relatively nascent fast broadband segment from the United States. space, taking advantage of their respective LEO satellite constellations.

India is seen as a key satellite internet market with short-term annual revenue opportunity of over $ 1 billion as 75% of rural India lacks broadband and internet access. many places still have no cellular or fiber connectivity.

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