India’s First Successful 5G Call Tested By Telecom Minister At IIT Madras


New Delhi: Communications Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw successfully tested the country’s first 5G call at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras on Thursday. The entire network has been designed and developed in India, he said. Taking to his Twitter handle, the minister wrote, “Aatmanirbhar 5G. Successfully tested 5G call at IIT Madras. Entire end to end network is designed and developed in India.”

According to reports, the Department of Telecommunications is likely to move the proposal of the 5G spectrum auction to seek the final approval from the Union Cabinet next week.

“This is the realisation of Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision. His vision is to have our own 4G, 5G technology stack developed in India, made in India and made for the world. We have to win the world with this entire technology stack,” a report by news organisation NDTV quoted the minister as saying.

Speaking at an event organised by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Wednesday, Vaishnaw said that the country’s own 5G stack will be ready by September-October. He also urged the nations to look actively at these indigenous telecom stacks for quality and cost advantage.

He urged the global delegates attending the event to look actively at India-made 4G and 5G stacks and assured that they will be good on quality and cost.

“It will be really a great contribution to your telecom consumers in your countries. I am talking about big fundamental technological advancement which is in the Indian 4G stack. Please use it,” a report by HT Tech quoted the minister as saying.

It is to be noted that earlier this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s first 5G testbed at IIT Madras in a bid to enable the startups and industry players to test and validate their products locally, and also reduce dependence on foreign facilities.

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