Manoj Sinha, Minister of Communications, Government of India and Borje Ekholm, President & CEO, Ericsson will inaugurate 5G Centre of Excellence and Innovation Lab at IIT Delhi on 3rd July 2018.
The IIT Delhi CoE has been set up to enable collaboration among telecom operators, academia, developers, start-ups and enterprises to develop the 5G eco-system and support early adoption of 5G in the India.
The Center of Excellence will be inaugurated in the presence of Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Telecom & Chairman, Telecom Commission; R. S. Sharma, Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI); N. Sivasailam, Special Secretary, Department of Telecommunications; Prof. V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi; and Prof. Brejesh Lall, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Delhi.
Last year, Ericsson India had signed an MoU with Indian Institute of Technology Delhi to jointly roll out ‘5G for India’ program.
Speaking about Centre of Excellence, Nitin Bansal, Head of Network Solutions Market Area South East Oceania and India at Ericsson said, “The IIT Delhi 5G test bed and incubation centre will help application developers to work under one roof and come out with different solutions.”
In addition to hosting the Center of Excellence, IIT Delhi will conduct research and development to explore how some of the country’s challenges can be addressed with 5G technologies.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has allocated Rs. 134.48 crore in FY2018-19 for setting up an indigenous 5G Test Bed led by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc). 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 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.