After 5G launch, India says it will take lead in 6G network development


A day after the launch of 5G mobile services in India, telecommunications minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Sunday said India will take a lead in 6G.

Vaishnaw was present along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the launch of 5G services on Saturday. Industrialists Mukesh Ambani (Reliance Jio), Kumar Mangalam Birla (Vodafone Idea) and Sunil Bharti Mittal (Airtel) showcased their companies’ 5G capabilities.

Commerce minister Piyush Goyal on Saturday said the roll-out of 5G in the country was a confidence booster to India’s growth aspirations. “The enthusiasm surrounding the launch is truly empowering,” he said.

Vaishnaw said study groups for the development of 5G and sixth-generation (6G) mobile systems under the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) are currently chaired by Indian delegates. 6G standard currently under development for wireless communications technologies supporting cellular data networks. It is the planned successor to 5G and will likely be significantly faster.

Like its predecessors, 6G networks will probably be broadband cellular networks, in which the service area is divided into small geographical areas called cells. Several companies such as Anritsu, NTT Docomo, Keysight, Fly, Nokia, Ericsson, Huawei, Samsung, LG, Apple, Xiaomi, Jio, Airtel, and research institutes like Technology Innovation Institute have shown interest in 6G networks.

At present, there is no universally-accepted government or non-government standard for what qualifies as 6G technology.

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