Even though India has been such a fertile market for every industry, including telecom to grow and gain in and expand to its potential, the history of the Indian telecom industry shows us, most of the common technologies used, 3G, 4G, and even the 2G, arrived in India, significantly later than the rest of the world. However, if the words of the telecom secretary JS Deepak are to be considered, India could well embrace 5G technology by the same time, it becomes commercially popular in the rest of the world.
Deepak said in an ET report, ” We got 2G 25 years after the rest of the world, at least after the developed world. We got 3G more than a decade after it became ubiquitous in US, Europe. 4G may be, five years after its global launch. In 5G, we have the chance of being there with the rest of the world,”
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In the previous years, there seemed to be a gap existing, which would bring telecom technologies to the country much later. However, with bridging of the gap, India would not only embrace 5G at the same time as the rest of the world, but also could take up a leadership position, as the world of Internet of Things (IoT) begin to park itself into Indian lives, in both consumer and industry.
Speaking at the IoT Congress 2016, Telecom and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, made a valid point about the extended role that IoT could play for other sectors of the economy, when he said, “IoT is important more for the poor, for the farmers, for healthcare, for education sectors, to make the quality of life better.”
Deepak added, that the IoT ecosystem in the country would be here soon, and the Department of Telecom (DoT) has established a machine-to-machine (M2M) operations roadmap which will bring together regulators, various bodies involved in the establishment of the standards, manufacturers, and even prospective users, in a synergistic fashion, for overall growth and development of associated industries.
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He delved deeper into the technical developments which are in the pipeline, which include new KYC norms for SIM embedded M2M devices, a new 13-digit numbering scheme for IoT for these devices using SIM cards. He mentioned, “The Department of Telecom has requested the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India for recommendations in the area of quality of service standards of international roaming system and requirement of additional spectrum for an IoT ecosystem in India.”
“As soon as the recommendations are received we hope to come out with specific decisions,” he recommended.