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PM unveils Bharat 6G Vision Document

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi unveiled the Bharat 6G Vision Document and launched the 6G R&D Test Bed on March 22, 2023. He also launched the ‘Call before u Dig’ App.

He noted that the 6G Test Bed and the vision document will not only usher new energy in digital India but also provide solutions and innovations for the Global South. “It will create new opportunities for India’s innovators, industries and startups. This initiative will strengthen cooperation and collaboration in the IT sector of South Asian countries. India has two key strengths – trust and scale. We cannot take technology to all corners without trust and scale. The entire world is talking about India’s efforts in this direction,” the Prime Minister said.

The vision document states that while 5G technology promises a speed of 40-1,100 Mbps, 6G will offer ultra-low latency with speeds up to 1 terabit per second — which is 1,000 times more than the top speed of 5G.

The PM added, “Telecom technology for India is not a mode of power, but a mission to empower. Digital technology is universal in India and accessible to everyone. Broadband connectivity has 60 million users in India before 2014 but that number has gone up to more than 800 million today. The number of internet connections in India is more than 85 crores compared to 25 crores before 2014.

The number of internet users in the villages has surpassed the urban areas indicating that digital power has reached every nook and corner of the country. 25 lakh km of optical fiber has been laid in India by the government and private sector in the last 9 years. 2 lakh gram panchayats have been connected by optical fiber and 5 lakh common service centers are giving digital services leading to a situation where the digital economy is expanding two and half times faster than the rest of the economy.

Today’s India is rapidly moving towards the next step of the digital revolution. India is the country with the fastest 5G rollout in the world as 5G services have been rolled out in more than 125 cities in just 120 days and 5G services have reached approximately 350 districts in the country. And India is discussing 6G just after 6 months after the 5G rollout. The vision document presented today will become a major basis for the 6G rollout in the next few years.

India is working with many countries to change the work culture of the whole world with the power of 5G. It will go a long way in realizing the opportunities, business models and employment potential associated with 5G.

The 100 new labs will help in developing 5G applications according to India’s unique needs. Be it 5G smart classrooms, farming, intelligent transport systems or healthcare applications, India is working fast in every direction,” Modi said.

Union Minister for Communications, Ashwini Vaishnaw, added, “India now has over 127 global patents for 6G technology. India has the power of trust and scale, which is leading to the demand for indigenous telecom gears overseas.

Today, we are in a position where India is confidently developing products, developing technologies, and taking bigger challenges. This spirit is reflected in sector after sector. Take the case of defense, take the case of steel, railways, or renewable energy. That’s one major mindset shift, which has happened in the last eight years.

The regulation of digital economies has to be different from the earlier economy which was not heavily reliant on digital technologies. There are certain horizontals and then there are certain verticals. The horizontals are telecom and data privacy, these cut across all the verticals. So we decided to frame our regulatory sector in a way that basically makes technology-agnostic horizontals and technology-focused verticals. We are rewriting our rules and we are rewriting our regulations for the digital economy. Our focus is to make sure that the horizontals are technology agnostic, they are dynamic, and they are capable of changing with the changing technologies. They are inclusive.”

Devusinh Chauhan and Secretary General, International Telecommunication Union said, “India will be in a position to develop a fully indigenous sixth-generation or 6G technology stack by the end of this decade.

CT Bureau

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