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India Successfully Tests 5G Call At IIT Madras: IT Min Ashwini Vaishnaw

Vaishnaw shared a video of the successful testing of 5G call at IIT Madras. He was seen video calling a person for the test.

Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw tests 5G calling at IIT Madras. (Screengrab: Koo/@ashwinivaishnaw)

New Delhi: Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw on Thursday said India has successfully tested 5G call at the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras. “Entire end to end network is designed and developed in India,” he said in a post on social media site Twitter.

Vaishnaw shared a video of the successful testing of 5G call at IIT Madras. He was seen video calling a person for the test.

The government expects commercial roll-out of 5G services to start in the country by August-September this year. At present, telecom companies have been allowed to only conduct trial of 5G services.

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Vaishnaw visited the indigenous 5G test-bed which was dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister on the May 17, 2022, a Ministry release said. The young engineers explained to the Minister, the design of the various subsystems which has all been designed and developed indigenously.

The IT Minister also witnessed the indigenous 5G solution and received the first 5G VoNR audio and video call. This is the first step towards making the solution feasible commercially, the release said.

Vaishnaw congratulated the engineers for “placing India on the Global Map in the Telecom Space” and hailed it as a significant step towards self-reliance.

This 5G solution designed and made in India is being seen to have the potential of going from local to global. It will also meet India’s needs indigenously and securely, the Ministry statement said.

“This is the realisation of the 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,” said Vaishnaw.

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The 5G test-bed has been developed as a multi-institute collaborative project by eight institutes led by IIT Madras. The test-bed facility will be available at five locations.

In the absence of a 5G test-bed, startups and other industry players were required to go abroad to test and validate their products for installation in a 5G network.

The other institutes that participated in the project are IIT Delhi, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Bombay, IIT Kanpur, IISc Bangalore, Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering & Research (SAMEER) and Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology (CEWiT).

(With PTI inputs)