5G roll out likely in a month: Centre


India is likely to witness the rollout of the much-awaited high-speed 5G mobile services in about a month’s time.

Devusinh Chauhan, Minister of State for Communications, while addressing the inaugural event of the International Telecommunication Union’s Regional Standardisation Forum (RSF) for the Asia and Oceania region said “In about a month, 5G mobile services will roll out in the country, which will have multiplier effects on the development of all sectors. A 6G Technology Innovations Group, has also been set up, which is working towards the development of indigenous 6G stack.”

He further stated that the government is promoting the indigenously designed, developed and manufactured advanced telecom technology, and as a result, India today has a strong home-grown 5G mobile communications ecosystem.

“By the end of this year, we are likely to see indigenously developed, and manufactured 5G stack, getting deployed, in rolling out 5G network in India. Our engineers have developed a set of 5G standards, which will facilitate the spread of the 5G network in rural areas,” he said.

He informed that around 1,75,000 villages are already provided with optical fibre, while around 5,60,000 villages have 4G mobile facilities. A multi-billion-dollar, comprehensive plan has been made, which will ensure optical fibre and mobile communications in all six hundred thousand villages by 2025.