6G technology launch likely by 2023 end or 2024: Ashwini Vaishnaw

Minister for communication Ashwini Vaishnaw on November 23 said that India is working towards the launch of locally developed 6G technology and it will be likely to launch soon next year. India aims to launch the technology either by 2023-end or early 2024, said Ashwini in her statement.

Without having a rely on other technologies across the globe, India is heading towards the work of indigenous 6G technology and it also aims to mold and shape India into a new technically sound country- said Ashwini Vaishnav. Minister also said that the made-in-India products for 6G networks can also be exported globally. 

“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,” the minister said.

Engineers and scientists have already started working on the new technology to bring it to the floor of India. The launch of 5G is also on the queue and it will also be launched indigenously. The consultation process of 5G has already started and after the technical procedures, the auction process will be in Q2 of the calendar year 2022, said Ashwini Vaishnaw. The telecom sector will also be able to receive 100 percent foreign direct investment through the automatic route, up from the 49 percent permitted earlier.

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The minister pointed that a lot of stress has been lifted from the telecom sector of India. This is mainly due to the relief measures announced by the government in September. The minister further said that the government is working on another set of reforms, and it will be out in the next three to four months. Currently, only 30% of the world’s countries currently have access to 5G. The world’s leading nations and tech companies are racing to grab the 6G sweepstakes about to hit the tech world. In view of this, Research & development focus on standards and services, such as always-on, device-to-device communication, and Augmented Reality (AR) interface.