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5G Testbed to be fully operational by 2021:project coordinator

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Over 300 people would be industry-ready and trained in with a Central-government funded 'test bed' becoming fully operational by 2021, of the project has said.

Ramamurthi, a professor of communication and also IIT-director, said the first version of the 'test bed' would be ready by 2019-end and the final version by 2021.

"Already nearly 170 people are working on this. By the time we are through with this, 300 to 400 persons of various profiles will be trained in so that they can join the (mobile network) operators," Ramamurthi told

"It is an ongoing process and the test bed would facilitate training more professionals to meet the demand," he added.

is aiming to rollout simultaneously with other countries, unlike its previous networks and 4G which were deployed much later.

As part of the effort, the Centre launched a three-year project 'Building an End-to-End 5G Test Bed' to advance innovation and research in 5G.

With a budget of Rs 224 crore, the programme has been awarded to IIT Madras, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur, in Wireless (CEWiT), Society for Applied Electronics Engineering and Research (SAMEER) and (IISc),

The test bed, located partly in all these institutions, envisages close collaboration between the universities and startups and create an ecosystem that closely resembles a real-world 5G deployment.

The final version of the test bed would be fully compliant, which means "anyone's handset should work with anyone's base station (institutions)," the said.

The test bed is already collaborating with around 12 startups working on 5G.

has said auction of spectrum for is likely to happen in the later half of 2019.

has said government has approved financial grant for the project to set up Indigenous 5G Test Bed' in by Indian Institutes of Technology and

The project entails setting up of an 'open 5G Test Bed' for Indian companies, academia and is likely to enhance the national capability in and and create Intellectual Property (IP), according to him.

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First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 18:20 IST