DoT Constitutes Working Groups to Prepare 5G Roadmap, Includes Huawei

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DoT (The Department of Telecommunications) has formed eight working groups to create a roadmap for the deployment of fifth-generation or 5G in different sectors such as agriculture, fintech, transportation and education. The working groups include members from Chinese vendor company Huawei, who will look at healthcare and fintech sectors, according to a notification by the department.

As per the notification, Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC) will lead the task of preparing the report that will have technical solutions, use cases and doable action points. TEC members will head all eight groups which will also have members from telecom vendor companies Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia. US based-Qualcomm Technologies Inc will have members for industry 4.0, smart grid and education.

The DoT has also decided to rope in more nominations/ volunteers from a larger pool of experts who can give industry-specific perspective and direct the study. This will allow the department to interact with diverse stakeholders, understand issues in a holistically, and help the working groups come out with a report in a time-bound manner.

It is pertinent to mention that the sale of 5G airwaves has been deferred to early 2021 as the government is in a fix on the participation of Chinese telecom gear makers in the auctions while telcos such as Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea, and Reliance Jio have been reiterating that the base price of 5G auction is unaffordable.

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