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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates India’s first 5G testbed. The 5G testbed created by eight institutes, led by IIT Madras, has been developed as a multi-institute project.

India opened its first testbed for 5G technology to reduce the country’s dependency on foreign facilities. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the new facility on May 17th. The testbed has been set up at a cost of around ₹220 crore.

Speaking at the silver jubilee celebrations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the Prime Minister said that the 5G testbed is an important step for self-reliance in the direction of critical and modern technologies. This is developed by leading Indian institutions to support Start-ups and others working on next generation technologies.

“I invite youth friends, researchers and companies to utilise the testing facility for making 5G technology,” Prime Minister Modi said.

The 5G testbed has been developed as a multi-institute collaborative project by eight institutes led by IIT Madras. 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).

India is expected to see a 5G deployments by the first half of 2022. Without a 5G testbed, start-ups and other industry players were required to go abroad to test and validate their products for installation in a 5G network. The testbed facility will be available at 5 different locations.

India currently has 3G and 4G telecom networks and companies are gearing up to launch 5G. The rollout of 5G technology is projected to add $450 billion to the Indian economy. The 5G technology will allow faster speeds and ease of doing business. 5G will speed up agricultural, health, education, infrastructure and logistics.

5G testbed: What is it?

In a nutshell, a 5G testbed will help companies test machine-to-machine 5G communication before rolling out their products commercially. In a testbed environment, a new 5G product tests how its network connectivity is performing in various real-world scenarios.

How India will benefit from their first 5G testbed?

The launch of the indigenous 5G testbed will be a milestone towards Aatmanirbharta in telecom. It helps start-ups, other industry players and users in many ways, such as –

  • Digitizing the economy
  • Boosting the Start-up ecosystem
  • Improving governance
  • Ease of living
  • Ease of doing business in the country


Also read about What 5G can do for Businesses?, 5G: What it is and how it will transform the world

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