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TRAI silver jubilee celebrations: PM Modi inaugurates India’s first 5G testbed

 

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the country’s first 5G testbed on Tuesday, on the occasion of silver jubilee celebrations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). The Test Bed, developed as a multi-institute collaborative project by a total of eight institutes led by IIT Madras is aimed to enable startups and industry players to test and validate their products locally and reduce dependence on foreign facilities.

The 5G testbed has been developed as a multi-institute collaborative project by eight institutes led by IIT Madras, Tand has been set up at a cost of around Rs 220 crore. The other institutes that participated in the project are IIT Delhi, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Bombay, IIT Kanpur, IISc Bangalore, Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering & Research (SAMEER) and Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology (CEWiT). The testbed facility will be available at 5 different locations.

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Speaking at the silver jubilee celebrations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), the Prime Minister said the 5G testbed is an important step for self-reliance in the direction of critical and modern technologies. ‘I invite youth friends, researchers and companies to utilise the testing facility for making 5G technology’, Modi said. In the absence of a 5G testbed, startups and other industry players were required to go abroad to test and validate their products for installation in a 5G network.

 

 

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