‘India to lead in 6G technology’, launching by 2023-end or 2024

5G and 6G are likely to embed 'Make in India' strategies.

It has become imperative to have fast cellular connectivity, and 5G technology is a major component in getting there. However, India is yet to receive the 5G technology and its launch has been pushed to 2022 but Communication minister Ashwini Vaishnaw stated that by the end of 2023 or 2024, India would have developed and deployed 6G technologies on its own.

The above statement was made by the minister in an event organized by the Financial Times and The Indian Express, ‘New Technology and the Green Economy: Two Trends Shaping a New India?’. It is the fourth in a series of online, agenda-setting webinars organized by two news outlets.

Vaishnaw boldly claimed that India will be developing and deploying 5G and 6G technology indigenously. If true, this can bring India to the forefront of the game and will consequently result in improvements being made in various fields as networking speeds advance majorly. He also added that the scientists and engineers currently invested in the projects have already been provided with the necessary go-ahead and permissions to realize their efforts.

“6G development has already started. That will be seen somewhere in the timeframe 2024 or 2023-end. That is the direction in which we are going. We will have designed in India telecom software for running the networks, manufactured in India telecom equipment, served in India telecom networks which can go global,” said the minister. 

“A reference has been made to TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) for 5G spectrum auctions. They have already started the consultation process. The process should end somewhere in the February-March time frame in the coming year. Then the auction process will be in Q2 of the calendar year 2022,” the minister added. 

India is taking timely directional efforts by conceptualizing an early lead in next-generation cellular technology 6G, a senior government official stated.

“There is no doubt that by taking an early lead in the next-generation cellular technology that is 6G, India can make an enhanced contribution and make timely directional efforts,” AK Tiwari, member- technology, digital communications commission said while speaking at the second edition of ETTelecom digital telco virtual summit. Though 6G technology is still far from reality in India but having an indigenous 5G and 6G technology is definitely a landmark step for Indian networking technology.