Bharat B. Bhatia elected to lead WWRF

Photo: Bharat B. Bhatia, President, ITU-APT Foundation of India

Bharat B. Bhatia, President of the ITU-APT Foundation of India has been elected to lead Asia Pacific for the Global Wireless Research body, the Wireless World Research Forum. Mr. Bhatia will be Vice-Chairman of the WWRF for Asia Pacific Region for 2021 and 2022.

WWRF was one of the independent evaluation groups that validated India’s own 5G technology of LMLC, as required by the ITU certification process. With over 50 members from across 4 continents, WWRF brings together a wide range of industry and academic players, and has a particular focus on the contribution of newly emerging market sectors and developing regions.

Speaking on the results of the elections, Bhatia said that India has now been recognised as a force in the wireless research area with approval of India’s own 5G technology,and the coming decade, when 6G will take shape, belongs to the Indian technology prowess.

The vertical Industry Platform (VIP) programme of WWRF focuses on requirements and business models of connected vehicles, e-health, rail networks, airports and shipping industries, use of higher frequencies above 5 GHz and the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies on communication networks, etc.

WWRF is the place where the global wireless research community meets to explore and develop the research challenges in wireless that confront the world. The mission of WWRF is to look beyond current technology and businesses to identify the key research trends that will impact our world in the next 5-10 years. As 5G networks are rolled out around the world, the thoughts of researchers naturally turn to what comes next. WWRF is working to understand the requirements and the opportunities for this next generation.

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