India’s Telecommunications Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has successfully made the country’s first audio-video call. The entire end-to-end network was developed at IIT Madras in India. This comes after the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the new 5G testbed at IIT Madras earlier this week. Check out the details below to learn more.
During a physical event at IIT Madras, Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw made the country’s first audio-video call based on native 5G spectrum. The minister took to Twitter to announce the successful completion of the tests with a video showing him making India’s first 5G call. You can check it attached just below.
Following the successful appeal, Vaishnaw praised the IIT Madras team behind the development of the 5G test bed, which cost Rs 220 crores. It aims to help India become one of the largest 5G network providers in the world by helping Indian telecom giants scale up their 5G network and reduce their dependence on foreign entities, especially the China. The minister further added that the 5G development ecosystem will also help the Hyperloop initiative in India.
“We are proud of the IIT-Madras team who developed the 5G testbed which will bring huge opportunities to the whole 5G development ecosystem and the Hyperloop initiative. The Ministry of Railways will fully support the Hyperloop initiative,Vaishnaw said in the statement.
The new 5G solution will be made available for commercial use through the state-owned company BSNL. The telecom giant will work with a government-backed body, the Center for Development of Telematics (CDoT) for 4G and 5G networks. The 5G testbed will be made available to private operators at a later date, Vaishnaw said.
As for 5G availability, spectrum auctions are expected to take place in June or July, but a recent report suggests that 5G availability may be delayed. So what do you think of India’s 5G initiative? The Telecoms Minister earlier this year said that India would become a world leader in mobile technology by 2027. Do you think the country would be able to achieve its goal? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.