In order to develop state-owned technology for 4G, 5G, and E-band spectrum services, the government will fund a pilot project involving startups and state-owned firms BSNL and ITI, according to an official statement.
The initiative would also involve the government’s telecom research organisation C-DoT, which in partnership with TCS-Tejas Networks was instrumental in creating the first 4G and 5G telecom network technology to be made in India.
In an official statement, it was stated that the “Department of Telecommunications (USOF), Ministry of Communications, had signed an agreement with Indian Telephone Industries (ITI) Limited and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to fund the pilot projects of E-band, LTE indigenous technologies, including integration of 4G/5G prototypes with C-DoT core.”
Four pilot projects, each costing about Rs. 10 crores, are being funded by the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) as part of its effort to introduce new technological developments in the telecom sector in rural and remote areas.
These initiatives would be carried out by the indigenous companies Astrome Technologies, Lekha Wireless Solutions, Resonous Technologies, and Signaltron in collaboration with the C-DoT and DoT public sector organisations BSNL and ITI, according to the statement.