Terming the next-generation technologies like IoT critical, Sundararajan said the government's endeavour is to provide an "enabling" policy for growth of the industry and not to impose a "heavy regulatory framework".
Speaking at Convergence India 2018, Sinha termed 5G "one of the most important, emerging" areas and said the country has taken steps to set up a test bed for this technology.
"On spectrum we are already more or less aligned with global position in 5G. Those bands we are harmonising in line with global community," Telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan told PTI here in an interview.
Talk about 5G's potential to pave the way to a world of self-driving cars, lightening-fast video downloads and smart cities have dominated the Mobile World Congress for years.
Tech Mahindra has set up a lab in Bengaluru in association with US chipmaker Intel as part of its preparedness for 5G services expected to be rolled out by 2019, said a top executive of the IT firm.
The telecom ministry has set up a high-level committee to work on 5G roadmap so that India gets access to the next generation technology when it is available for commercial roll-out globally.
5G technology is expected to come in its full flow by 2020. Indian telecommunication authorities had a meeting in December last year to draft a plan for early deployment of 5G services in India
Though HTC has refused to confirm whether the phone’s model is U12, acclaimed smartphone tipster Evan Blass tweeted through his Twitter handle stating the phone is indeed HTC U12 a.k.a. HTC Imagine.
The chipsets, known as ReefShark, are expected to ship in volume during the third quarter of 2018 and can be inserted into Nokia's existing AirScale family of 4G and 5G-ready network gear, the world's No.2 maker of mobile network gear said.
Axios, citing sensitive documents it obtained, said there are two options up for consideration: First, the U.S. government could pay for and build a single, super-fast mobile network and could then rent access to national carriers. The move, according to Axios, could see an unprecedented nationalization of infrastructure that has historically been privately-owned.
5G is expected to provide higher speeds, more capacity and lower response times than 4G LTE, as well as support uses such as autonomous cars.
Asia is expected to account for over half of all 5G subscriptions by the end of 2023, said Patrik Cerwall, head of strategic marketing at Ericsson's Networks segment.
An iPhone with 5G would, in theory, be capable of connection speeds of one gigabyte per second or more.
"Nokia will begin manufacturing its 5G-ready AirScale multiband base station at its state-of-the-art facility at Oragadam, near Chennai, to meet growing the domestic and global demand for mobile broadband," the company said in a release here.
The phone is a reference design and for the testing and optimising of their 5G mmWave performance within the constraints of a mobile form factor
5G, the fifth generation of mobile network, doesn't yet exist but aims to provide faster data speeds and more bandwidth to carry ever-growing levels of web traffic.
"At present, we deploy cables with 50 optical fibre. We are in talks with a leading Internet service provider to deploy cable with 864 optical fibre, which is more than 17 times current capacity being deployed. This will be first deployment of such high capacity in India. It will also support 5G deployment," Agarwal told PTI at the India Mobile Congress.
According to officials, the government is working on creating a corpus of Rs 500 crore to fund 5G activity, mainly on research and product development.
The two companies will also collaborate on an on-going basis to evolve standards for 5G and advanced technologies like network functions virtualisation (NFV), software-defined networking (SDN) and Internet of Things (IoT), Bharti Airtel said in a statement.
The 5GB 4G data can be availed on a recharge of Rs 309 and above on the user's Jio connection and will come as an additional data over and above what the users normally get. The additional data is limited to a maximum of 5 recharges per user.
A 5G network is expected to offer faster speeds, more capacity and shorter response times while supporting uses ranging from self-driving cars to remote surgeries. Telecom companies and their suppliers consider it to be a multibillion-dollar revenue opportunity.
In a statement here, the COAI said the 5G India Forum "will contribute to national policy on 5G along with Department of Telecommunication (DoT) and build consensus among all the entities involved, including private and government".
While the Department of Telecom (DoT) has proposed to hold auction in 2017, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has sought opinion on when the next round of auction should be held and whether it should done in a "phased manner".
It will also launch 4G services at Baddi in Solan district and 3G services for the entire state, and release 30,000 new landline connections and 31,000 broadband connections to the subscribers in the state.
The paper will seek views on pricing of spectrum, block size to be auctioned in each band, roll out obligation and also whether the ecosystem is now developed or not to accommodate new technologies