Although India has not launched 5G, the country is already preparing for 6G. Communications minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said India will have locally developed 6G technology by the end of 2023 or by 2024. Vaishnaw was speaking at a webinar hosted by the Financial Times and the New Indian Express. The minister confirmed that the necessary permissions have already been provided to engineers and scientists to work on the technology.
6G will have India-designed software and local telecom equipment
Vaishnaw said India is moving towards self-designed telecommunications software and local telecommunications equipment for 6G. Products made in India for 6G networks can also be exported worldwide.
Not just 6G, but Vaishnaw said local 5G is also in the cards in the same way. Vaishnaw has again stated that the 5G spectrum auction is expected to take place in the first quarter of fiscal 23.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is already working on the consultation process for 5G spectrum. The regulator is expected to complete the process by the end of February or March. Even telecom operators had requested an extension of the 5G trial period and were given an additional time until March 31, 2021.
Vaishnaw pointed out that a lot of stress has been lifted from India’s telecommunications sector. This is mainly due to the relief measures announced by the government in September. The minister further said the government is working on another round of reforms, and they will be released within the next three to four months.
For those in the dark, in the first round of reforms, the government allowed telecom operators to defer spectrum and adjusted gross revenue (AGR) liabilities for the next four years. The next round of reforms would further strengthen the industry. The government further authorized 100% FDI automatically.