pm modi: Indigenous 5G test bed in telecom sector is an important step in India’s self-reliance: PM Modi at Trai event

NEW DELHI: On the occasion of silver jubilee celebrations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched a 5G Test Bed, developed as a multi-institute collaborative project by a total of eight institutes led by IIT Madras.
PM Modi graced the occasion as the chief guest through video conferencing. He also released a postal stamp on TRAI’s silver jubilee celebrations.
Addressing the event, PM Modi said in the eight years that his government has been in power, India has, through 5Rs, infused new energy in its telecom sector.
PM inaugurated the country’s first 5G testbed to enable startups and industry players to test and validate their products locally and reduce dependence on foreign facilities. He expressed his support for the 5G technology, predicting that it will bring a positive change in the way the country is being governed.
The test bed has been set up at a cost of around Rs 220 crore. PM said the 5G testbed is an important step for self-reliance in the direction of critical and modern technologies.
“It will also bring a positive change in ease of business, ease of living. All sectors, including agriculture, health, education, infrastructure and logistics. This technology will make things easy, and also generate employment opportunities,” PM said
“In the 21st century, connectivity will also determine the pace at which India progresses. It is, therefore, essential to modernize connective at all levels,” he added.
“I invite youth friends, researchers and companies to utilize the testing facility for making 5G technology,” Modi added.
The 5G testbed has been developed as a multi-institute collaborative project by eight institutes led by IIT Madras.
In the absence of a 5G testbed, startups and other industry players were required to go abroad to test and validate their products for installation in a 5G network
The other institutes that participated in the project include IIT Delhi, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Bombay, IIT Kanpur, IISc Bangalore, Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering and Research (SAMEER) and Center of Excellence in Wireless Technology (CEWiT).
According to the Prime Minister’s Office, the project has been developed at a cost of more than Rs 220 crore. The Test Bed will enable a supportive ecosystem for Indian industry and startups which will help them validate their products, prototypes, solutions and algorithms in 5G and next-generation technologies.
TRAI was established in 1997 through the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act, 1997.
(With agency inputs)

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