In a bid to strengthen India’s position in terms of 5G usage and deployment, COAI has announced the formation of ‘5G India Forum’.
The Forum would facilitate synergising of national efforts and will play a significant role in shaping the strategic, commercial and regulatory development of the 5G ecosystem in India and aid in Make in India and Digital India initiatives of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Speaking about the Forum, Rajan S. Mathews, Director General, COAI said, “Adoption of 5G will require substantial investment in more downstream innovation than previous generations of communications systems. New business ecosystems are expected to emerge in which multiple players will meet, compete, collaborate and work together, at the same time.”
The 5G India Forum will serve as a strategic national initiative which will address key concerns of all stakeholders, seek inputs from private, public, small and large companies, to meet the challenge of making 5G a reality in India, at globally competitive timelines synergising with the world,” added Mathews.
The 5G India Forum shall be a collaborative body under the aegis of COAI and it will be open for all members and diverse stakeholder groups. In addition, it will have participation from government agencies/departments, associations and academia. These Forum inputs will be shared with the government, international bodies and associations for shaping comprehensive global and domestic policy.
The first priority of the Forum is to prepare a vision and a roadmap for the way forward. The Forum will also help identify vertical application domains and use cases which would benefit from 5G and associated challenges as well as the societal, economic, environmental, business and technological benefits obtainable by an early adoption of 5G.
The 5G Forum will prepare input documents as well as a platform for facilitating continuous dialogue on key issues such as standardisation, technology development, spectrum availability, deployment scenarios and international engagements. It will support the creation of a venture like program to encourage eco-system players to develop 5G services.
In addition to that, the Forum will collaborate with various international forums working on 5G. 5G is no longer a choice, it is an imperative for the future and India of tomorrow, especially when it comes to Internet of Things (IoT), M2M, connected homes, devices and a connected ecosystem.