More Than 200 Researchers And 5 IITs Are Operating On A 5G Project That Might Alter Internet In The Country
Over 200 students, researchers, and teachers from all over 5 Indian Institutes of Technology have collaborated for a project worth more than Rs 300 Crore to design 5G tech and its applications in the country. Supported by the department of telecommunications, the initiative is being invoiced as the largest joint effort between these organizations. This project will aim to design a complete test-bed for 5G that can be employed by telecom operators, tech firms, startups, and academics for developing 5G solutions & products and for R&D purposes.
“This is the largest project where IITs are joining forces and over 200 individuals will operate as a team,” claimed dean for the faculty at IIT Bombay, Abhay Karandikar, claimed to the media in an interview. His strong team of 30–40 members will operate on techs such as network function virtualization, software defined networking, and core network. Professors at the IITs claimed that this will be the biggest test-bed in the world for 5G, with the financial support being employed to hire top-notch researchers and procure equipment to guide in the upcoming game-changer in the industry of telecommunication.
The 5G tech, which will intertwine in big data analytics and artificial intelligence at high speeds, will have employment in agriculture, defense, the automobile sector, and healthcare among others, enhancing the lives of billions of individuals. It also pledges to give data speeds at almost 10x that of 4G. Operating next to the participating IITs at Hyderabad, Madras, Delhi, Bombay, and Kanpur will be the ceWIT (Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology), Indian Institute of Science-Bangalore, and SAMEER (Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering and Research), claimed professors and officials.
The project has the full backing of government. Arun Jaitley, the Finance Minister, had claimed in his speech of Budget 2018 that the department of telecom will back a 5G tech test-bed that will be originated from IIT Madras and whose launch might be anticipated in 2020, in proportion to worldwide launch outs. In 2017, the government had allocated Rs 500 Crore for R&D to launch out 5G in the country, the corpus from which the initiative will be financially supported.
“This is for the initial time that such a huge end-to-end trial-bed has been accepted by the management. It is a huge opportunity for wireless research of the country and start-up community to utilize the 5G test-bed and construct a wireless bionetwork,” claimed R David Koilpillai and Radhakrishna Ganti, professors at IIT Madras, to the media in an interview.