6G technology is expected to launch in India by 2023–24

Communications Minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw, has reportedly revealed that India is working on an indigenously created 6G technology.

Communications Minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw, has reportedly revealed that India is working on an indigenously created 6G technology with the goal of launching it by the end of 2023 or early 2024. Vaishnaw stated that scientists and engineers working on the technology had already been granted the necessary approvals during an event.

“6G development has already started. That will be seen somewhere in the time frame 2024 or 2023-end. That is the direction in which we are going. We will have designed in India telecom software for running the networks, manufactured in India telecom equipment, served in India telecom networks which can go global,” he said

Apart from 6G, the minister noted that the introduction of indigenous 5G is also in the works, with the creation of critical software for the technology scheduled to be completed by the third quarter of next year. Furthermore, the 5G spectrum auctions are expected to take place in the second quarter of 2022.
Earlier this year, the Cabinet approved a series of nine structural and procedural changes to meet telecom companies’ short-term financial needs as well as long-term issues. As part of these adjustments, the government offered operators the option of deferring payment of deferred spectrum and modified gross revenue dues for four years. Out of the three providers, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea have selected a four-year ban.

When announcing the reforms in September, Vaishnaw stated that another round of reforms would be implemented in the telecom sector to address long-standing legacy issues.

Aside from the four-year prohibition, the government announced changes in September, including a streamlined auction calendar and the removal of spectrum usage charges (SUC) from auctions, which has been a long-standing request of commercial carriers. In addition, the telecom sector will be able to accept 100% foreign direct investment through the automatic route, up from the previous limit of 49%.

Furthermore, in future auctions, the Department of Transportation will not require bank guarantees to secure instalment payments, and the maximum tenure for which spectrum can be held has been increased to 30 years from 20 years, with the option for the telecom service provider to surrender the spectrum for a fee after 10 years. A 0.5 per cent SUC that was based on spectrum sharing has been removed as well.

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