The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) in India is taking significant steps to accelerate the research and development of 6G technology. The aim is to ensure that India can contribute as the original creator to the development and manufacturing of the sixth-generation technology 2030.
The DoT has set up a Technology Innovation Group, consisting of members across the supply chain, to develop the vision, mission, and goals for 6G and its implementation in India. Six task forces have been formed to focus on different aspects, such as multidisciplinary innovation, next-generation networks, spectrum requirements, devices, standards, and research and development.
Neeraj Mittal, Secretary of DoT, spoke about these initiatives during a virtual event organizedthe National Telecommunications Institute For Policy Research, Innovation & Training (NTIPRIT). Mittal highlighted that the task forces are working on innovative solutions and leveraging new technologies to drive the “Bharat 6G” mission in India.
As part of the strategic efforts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the “Bharat 6G Vision” document on March 23, 2023. The vision focuses on affordability, sustainability, and ubiquity in 6G technology. The Bharat 6G Alliance has been formed to promote ecosystem research, design, development, and manufacturing, and it has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the US-based ATIS’ Next G Alliance.
The Ministry of Communications has emphasized India’s prioritization of 6G standardization, with a focus on ubiquitous connectivity, ubiquitous intelligence, and sustainability. The DoT has already signed agreements for the 6G testbed project, specifically focusing on orbital angular momentum, multiplexing, and advanced optical communications.
It is clear that the DoT recognizes the significance of 6G as the next frontier in communication technology. 6G represents a shift that promises unprecedented capabilities and will drive innovation across various industries. AK Sahu, Member (Services) of the Digital Communications Commission, highlighted the telecom industry’s role in shaping the world from 1G to 5G and now embarking on the transformation into 6G.
In conclusion, India is actively investing in and spearheading the research and development of 6G technology. Through various initiatives and partnerships, the country aims to position itself as a leading global player in the 6G technology ecosystem. OPP Today