5G services were launched in India in 2022, and now the government is focusing on providing 6G services to the people of the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, March 22 unveiled the 6G vision document of the country and launched 6G R&D Test Bed. He also stated that initiatives around 6G within six months of the 5G rollout shows India’s confidence. Speaking at the inauguration of ITU Area Office and Innovation Centre in Delhi, PM Modi said, “Today we are talking about 6G only after 6 months of 5G rollout and this shows India’s confidence. Today, we have also presented our vision document. This will become a major basis for 6G rollout in the next few years.”
PM Modi also stated that the 6G vision document will not only usher new energy in Digital India but also provide solutions and innovations for South Asia and the Global South. This will create many new opportunities, especially for academia, innovators, start-ups and industry. He said the ITU office in India will help create the right environment for 6G in the country.
According to a report by PTI, the vision document released by Department of Telecom states that while 5G technology promises a speed of 40-1,100 Mbps with the potential to hit maximum speed of 10000 Mbps, 6G will offer ultra-low latency with speeds up to 1 terabit per second –which is 1,000 times more than the top speed of 5G.
Meanwhile, speaking on 5G PM Modi said India is working with many countries to change the work culture of the whole world with the power of 5G. “Very soon, India is going to set up 100 new 5G labs. This will go a long way in realizing the opportunities, business models and employment potential associated with 5G. These 100 new labs will help in developing 5G applications according to India’s unique needs. Be it 5G smart classrooms, farming, intelligent transport systems or healthcare applications, India is working fast in every direction. India’s 5G standards are part of the global 5G systems,” he stated.
“Before 4G, India was only a user of telecom technology, but now India is moving fast to become a big exporter of telecom technology,” PM Modi added.
Notably, Bharat 6G vision document is prepared by the Technology Innovation Group on 6G (TIG-6G) that was constituted in November 2021 with members from various Ministries/Departments, research and development institutions, academia, standardization bodies, Telecom Service Providers and industry to develop a roadmap and action plans for 6G in India.