India allocates Rs. 135 Cr for 5G Test Bed to be set up by IITs and IISc

The 5G Test Bed would enable startups and developers across the country to test their products thereby creating Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and products related to 5G

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has allocated Rs. 134.48 crore in FY2018-19 for setting up an indigenous 5G Test bed led by Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc).

IITs and IISc will set up an open 5G Test bed for Indian companies, academic. This is likely to enhance the national capability in telecom technology and manufacturing and create intellectual property. The project will deliver an end-to-end 5G Test bed comprising of 5G BS and UE nodes that support enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), ultra low latency communication (URLLC) and massive MTC including NB IoT services. The operating frequency includes both sub 6 GHz and mmwave frequencies.

The proposal is to build 5G Test bed technology located at multiple locations interconnected by a high-speed fibre-optic network. The 5G Test bed will focus on technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), Millimeter Wave Communications, Massive MIMO, Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Function Virtualisation (NFV), LiFi and Network Security.

The 5G Test bed would enable startups and developers across the country to test their products thereby creating Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and products related to 5G which will help in creating 5G manufacturing eco-system in the country.

The 5G project is spread over three years and involves a total budget of over Rs. 224 crore. The project will see participation from premier institutes like: IIT Mumbai, IIT Chennai, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Delhi and IISc Bengaluru collaborating for 5G use cases.

Last year in September 2017, the government had constituted High Level Forum for 5G India 2020 which includes Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthy from IIT Madras, Prof Abhay Karandikar from IIT Mumbai (Presently with IIT Kanpur), Prof Uday Desai from IIT Hyderabad, Prof Anurag Kumar from IISc Bangalore and Prof Ramagopal Rao of IIT Delhi and others. The focus of the Forum is to define vision, mission & goals and evaluate, approve roadmaps and action plans for 5G India 2020.