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Government launches Bharat 6G alliance

  • Published
    6th Jul, 2023
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The government has launched the Bharat 6G alliance to drive innovation and collaboration in next-generation wireless technology.

What is Bharat 6G Alliance (B6GA)?

  • The Bharat 6G Alliance (B6GA) is a collaborative platform consisting of public and private companies, academia, research institutions, and standards development organisations.
  • Global Alliance: B6GA will forge coalitions and synergies with other 6G Global Alliances, fostering international collaboration and knowledge exchange.
    • The Alliance will enable India to become a leading global supplier of IP, products and solutions of affordable 5G and 6G and other future telecom solutions.
  • The aims and objectives of the B6GA include:
    • To deploy 6G technologies to act as a powerful force multiplier for India by 2030;
    • To support and energise Indian participation in standard development organisations;
    • To build coalitions with similar 6G Global Alliances and other global technology alliances and associations;
    • To address India’s priorities for contribution to 6G and other future technology-related global standards, deployments, products, operations and services
    • To promote the ecosystem for research, design, prototyping, development, proof of concept testing, IPR creation, field testing, security, certification and manufacturing of telecom products, end-to-end Solutions, Use-cases, Pilots, among other things.
    • To study and recommend national requirements and enable their inclusion in Indian and international standardisation bodies;
    • To develop recommendations for Bharat 6G Vision implementation readiness in India;

What is 6G?

  • A 6G network is defined as a cellular network that operates in untapped radio frequencies and uses cognitive technologies like AI to enable high-speed, low-latency communication at a pace multiple times faster than fifth-generation networks.
  • India’s tryst with 5G
  • As of 2023, 5G networks are rapidly being rolled out worldwide.
  • India has witnessed one of the swiftest rollouts of 5G networks, with the establishment of 2.70 lakh 5G sites within a span of nine months.

Other Important Developments

Further, with a grant of Rs 240.51 crore under the Telecom Technology Development Fund (TTDF), two agreements were signed for two technology projects.

  • The projects include a 6G THz testbed with Orbital Angular Momentum (OAM)
  • Multiplexing through consortium of SAMEER, IIT Madras, IIT Guwahati and IIT Patna.

About Telecom Technology Development Fund (TTDF)

  • Telecom Technology Development Fund (TTDF) scheme was launched by DoT in 2022.
  • The scheme is envisaged to bridge digital divide by developing and manufacturing state-of-the-art technologies and to form synergies among academia, start-ups, research institutes, and the industry to build and develop the telecom ecosystem.
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