India is working on locally developed 6G technology with the aim of launching it by the end of 2023 or early 2024, Communication Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Tuesday.
Speaking on âNew technologies and the green economy: two trends shaping a new India? , The fourth in a series of online agenda setting webinars hosted by the Financial Times and Indian expressVaishnaw said the required permissions have already been granted to scientists and engineers working on the technology.
âThe development of 6G has already started. It will be seen somewhere in the period 2024 or 2023. It is in this direction that we are going. We will have designed in India telecommunications software to run networks, India-made telecommunications equipment, served in Indian telecommunications networks that may go global, âhe said.
Besides 6G, the launch of native 5G is also planned, the minister said, with the development of core software for the technology expected to be completed by the third quarter of next year. Auctions for 5G spectrum are also expected to take place in the second quarter of calendar year 2022, he said.
âA reference was made to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for 5G spectrum auctions. They have already started the consultation process. The process is expected to end somewhere between February and March of the coming year. Then the auction process will take place in the second quarter of calendar year 2022, âhe said.
Earlier this year, Cabinet approved a set of nine structural and procedural reforms to address short-term liquidity needs as well as long-term problems for telecommunications companies.
As part of these reforms, the government had given telecommunications operators the option of opting for a four-year moratorium on payment for deferred spectrum and adjusted gross royalties. Of the three telecom operators, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea have opted for the four-year moratorium.
When announcing the reforms in September, Vaishnaw said there would be another round of reforms for the telecommunications sector to address long-standing problems.
âThe reforms that the government approved in September were very well received. The industry is now adjusting to these reforms. Much of the stress that used to be in the industry is now alleviated by these reforms. There is still a lot to do. We are already working on another round of reforms which should arrive in 3-4 months, âhe said.
As part of the reforms announced in September, in addition to the 4-year moratorium, the government also announced changes such as streamlining the auction schedule and removing spectrum usage charges (SUC) from auctions, a request long awaited. private telecommunications operators.
The telecommunications sector will also be able to receive 100% of foreign direct investment via the automatic channel, against 49% previously.
Additionally, for all future auctions, the DoT will not require bank guarantees to secure installment payments while the term for which spectrum can be held has been increased to 30 years instead of 20 years, with the option of allowing the telecommunications service provider to return the spectrum after 10 years following the payment of a certain royalty. An additional 0.5% SUC, which was levied on spectrum sharing, was also removed.