Communications minister Ashwini Vaishnaw Thursday received an audio-video call using next-generation (5G) voice-over new radio (VoNR) technology on a smartphone at the IIT Madras campus.
“Successfully tested a 5G call at IIT Madras. The entire end-to-end network is designed and developed in India,” Vaishnaw said on Koo and posted a 58-second video clip.
“Congratulations! This is a realization of Hon’ble PM vision. His vision is to have our own 4G and 5G technology stack developed in India made in India for the world.WSe have to win the world with this new technology stack,” Vaishnaw was heard saying in a video call.
Thursday Vaishnaw visited the Indigenous 5G testbed which was unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.
The young engineers explained the design of various subsystems which have all been designed and developed indigenously and demonstrated the Indigenous 5G solution.
Vaishnaw received the first 5G voice over 5G new radio (VoNR) audio and video call.
The testbed allows domestic manufacturers to test their network capabilities.
Following the indiginous core 4G network components developed by the state-run Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT), the organization is eyeing to scale it to 5G non-standalone (NSA) by the end of 2022, and to 5G standalone (SA) by 2023 in line with Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India).
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)-a backed consortium with C-DoT as a core equipment provider has been shortlisted by the state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) for its next-generation network rollout.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has been taking steps to encourage local telecom gear makers to develop next-generation technologies using the country’s talent pool and capabilities to supply to the rest of the world.
Currently, the telecom equipment market is ruled by the likes of multinational technology vendors such as Ericsson, Samsung, Nokia, and Huawei, with homegrown companies such as Vihaan Networks, Tejas Networks, HFCL, and Sterlite Technologies in the fray for local dominance having a minuscule 5% share.