Roadmap for 5G by June end: Telecom secy - The Statesman

Roadmap for 5G by June end: Telecom secy

India 5G, 5G technology, 5G roadmap, Telecom Secretary, Aruna Sundararajan

Fifth Generation or 5G in the telecom.

The roadmap for fifth generation or 5G in the telecom sector will be unveiled by June end, said a top official of the Department of Telecommunications (DOT) here on Friday.

Inaugurating a summit on Connected Devices-Connected World conference under the aegis of trade body Assocham, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said DoT has received good inputs on 5G in the new telecom policy or NTP 2018 which is yet to be unveiled.

“The draft of the NTP 2018 is in final stages and will be put in public soon,” Sundararajan, chairperson, Telecom Commission and Secretary, DoT, said, adding that the networks were not only accelerating the roll-out of 4G but were getting ready for 5G. “I expect that by the end of the next financial year, we will have pan India 4G coverage barring a few pockets.


The right regulatory framework is the key to create an enabling environment for connected device,” she said.

On the issue of call drops, the secretary said the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has brought a new regulatory regime under which there are stringent norms for call drops that need to be followed by the telecom companies.

Regarding in-flight connectivity, Sundararajan said: “We are moving towards getting approvals for in-flight connectivity but cannot give any time frame for the final approval. However, the discussions are on right track.”