Collaborative approach to be taken across state, local bodies and private sector for seamless implementation of 5G network says the Internet of Things Panel of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (The IET).
Sharing their opinion on the draft National Digital Communication Policy (NDCP) 2018, the IET IoT panel members reviewed the draft from six different aspects – Infrastructure, innovation, safety and security, standards, support requirements and regulation.
The overall recommendations focused on: Inclusion of modalities for attaining 5 million WiFi hotspots by 2020; More focus towards non-industrial, rural, agriculture and logistics implementations; Simultaneous planning of public health and safety, mobile base station sites and passive infrastructure requirements; Spectrum management, keeping in mind that average spectrum holding for telecom companies in India is much below global standards; and inclusion of one more strategic objective to be achieved by 2022 i.e. universal 5G roll out in all districts.
Dr. Rishi Bhatnagar, Chairman – IET IoT Panel & President, Aeris Communications said, “Telecommunication is at the core of the IoT sector in India and I believe the NDCP has a tremendous role in shaping the evolution of IoT in the country. The NDCP remains a holistic and forward-looking policy which has taken into consideration several aspects essential for the growth and development of the telecom sector.”
Sharing her thoughts Monika Gupta, Telecom Consultant and Chairperson of the Telecom Working Group, The IET IoT Panel said, “The NDCP is a well thought out and forward-looking move on the part of the government to unlock the true potential of the telecom sector in digitally transforming the nation.”