TRAI : After 4G , IoT & 5G Will Be The Flavour Of 2017 !


    A new era is going to emerge in the telecom technology in India where this industry is soon going to release the consultation papers prior to framing of regulations and standards for the roll out of 5G Networks and Internet of Things (IoT).

    5G – is the next generation of wireless communication technologies which are expected to offer customers a lightning speed and will also possess the capability of connecting billions of devices simultaneously.

    Where as IoT – is the world wide network of “things” that may includes any identifiable object , devices , equipments , appliances , machinery of various forms and sizes with having an intelligence to seamlessly connect and communicate along with control or manage of each other in order to perform a given set of tasks with minimum level of human intervention.

    So on this , Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman RS Sharma said in an interview that , “for the coming year , we are preparing a timeline by mid of January of a board list of things that we want to do and achieve. It has not been decided completely but one of the things in the mind is to push the new technologies in India. We are thinking of how to incentivize the upcoming and cutting edge technologies like 5G and IoT. So we will be doing consultation about that.”

    This very move by the TRAI may attract an opportunity to the government to make a fresh attempt to sell that 700 MHz Airwaves which are an ideal match for the 5G services in India. To be noted , there were no takers for this spectrum band in the auction of airwaves last time.

    RS Sharma , the Chairman of TRAI added , “we would be liking to understand from our stakeholders , whether there is any regulation or legal barriers for the growth of this sector. It just does not mean to lay the frameworks but also to understand if there is any regulatory issue and hence with this we will be able to bring regulatory predictability to the sector!”

    RS Sharma has 1 more year left in the Office , though he had been involved in controversy on issues like Net Neutrality and Call Drops because of his stand on it , but one cannot doubt his readied to – do list which has the top future technologies like 5G and IoT.

    He also asked “like we have paper out on the cloud , M2M (Machine to Machine) , now we want to understand these standards and interconnection frameworks for 5G and the IoT. Our government wants to change the face of technology in India. And it is right , as why should India remain behind? If 5G has emerged somewhere , then why not India roll it out before others?”

    As we know , 5G has already gone into the trial mode across the world , with companies such as Ericsson AB , Orange SA , Verizon Communications , Samsung Electronics and Google have shown their keen interest in conducting the field 5G Trials.

    And as of now , the TRAI is going to do consultations with its stakeholders and based on the observations made by it only then it will sends its recommendations to the government of India. After which the government will seek the recommendations of the regulator on the various issues provided by TRAI.