5G Test Bed Will Be Fully Operational by 2021

The Central Government funded ‘5G Test Bed’ will be fully operational by 2021 with over 300 people trained in the 5G technology. According to the national coordinator of the project Bhaskar Ramamurthi, the first version of the ‘test bed’ would be ready by 2019-end and the final version by 2021. “Already nearly 170 people are working on this. By the time we are through with this, 300 to 400 persons of various profiles will be trained in 5G so that they can join the (mobile network) operators,” Ramamurthi told PTI.


“It is an ongoing process and the test bed would facilitate training more professionals to meet the demand,” he added. As we all know, India is aiming to roll out 5G services simultaneously with other countries, unlike its previous networks 3G and 4G which were deployed much later. As part of the effort, the Centre launched a three-year project ‘Building an End-to-End 5G Test Bed’ to advance innovation and research in 5G.

With a budget of Rs 224 crore, the programme has been awarded to IIT Madras, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur, Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology (CEWiT), Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering and Research (SAMEER) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.

The test bed, located partly in all these institutions, envisages close collaboration between the universities and startups and create an ecosystem that closely resembles a real-world 5G deployment. The final version of the test bed would be fully compliant, which means “anyone’s handset should work with anyone’s base station (institutions),” the director said.

The test bed is already collaborating with around 12 startups working on 5G. Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan has said the auction of spectrum for 5G services is likely to happen in the latter half of 2019. Telecom minister Manoj Sinha has said the government has approved a financial grant for the project to set up Indigenous 5G Test Bed’ in India by Indian Institutes of Technology and Indian Institute of Science.

The project entails setting up of an ‘open 5G Test Bed‘ for Indian companies, academia and is likely to enhance the national capability in telecom technology and manufacturing and create Intellectual Property (IP), according to him.

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October 9, 2018 11:13 am 11:13 AM

Any Generation(4G/5G/6G) can come. These operators(Airtel , Vodafone-Idea JIO,BSNL) should realize that their AGR(Average gross revenue) depends on their Customer’s loyalty . Customer will be loyal to their operators only when the Operators are loyal(Best Service , Best Network ) to their customers

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
October 10, 2018 12:27 pm 12:27 PM

Two years down the line, people will stay on network they are right now(2020). I don’t see Airtel improving much by 2020 in terms of 4G only network. Let’s see what they do.

Neha Miglani
October 9, 2018 9:54 am 9:54 AM

Who said 5G is coming next year. Where are those people who are worrying about the phones with 5G support now? I’m sure there is a long way to go.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
October 10, 2018 12:29 pm 12:29 PM

It’s not going to come before 2020. Jio might start charging more after it deploys spectrum bought in next auction and it will continue to do so in around for 2 years. Jio might think to launch 5G by 2022-2023. I don’t see its happening before that.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
October 8, 2018 11:42 pm 11:42 PM

I will be happy if Jio provides great coverage and speeds across the country(10-30Mbps) and provides plans under 500 for 2GB/DAY for a month by 2021.