At the ongoing Internet of Things India Congress 2016 in Bengaluru, telecom secretary J S Deepak said that India stands a chance to get 5G technology with the rest of the world as the country enters an era of Internet of Things (IoT). Deepak was speaking after inaugurating the first edition of ‘IoT India Congress’ that aims to bring together key stakeholders across the value chain and verticals to collaborate. In a recorded video address to the Congress, union minister for electronics and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad said, the IoT is important because connected devices are going to become the order of the day. Also Read - IFA 2020: Realme launches a 55-inch 4K Smart TV, wireless headphones with ANC, and moreAlso Read - Realme Link app announced for its upcoming IoT products
“…We got 2G 25 years after the rest of the world, at least after the developed world. We got 3G more than a decade after it became ubiquitous in US, Europe. 4G may be, five years after its global launch. In 5G, we have the chance of being there with the rest of the world,” Deepak said. He added that the probable simultaneous launch of 5G in India, along with the rest of the world, could be from bridging the gap that had prevailed and the country might as well take a step forward and acquire a leadership position in certain areas as it enters into an era of Internet of Things with connected devices and machines.
“The IoT, which is estimated to have…something like 50 billion connected devices in the next 5-6 years, will unleash a business opportunity for India, at least of $15 billion,” Deepak said. “IoT is important more for the poor, for the farmers, for healthcare, for education sectors, to make the quality of life better…,” Ravi Shankar Prasad said. Deepak assured that a very ‘vibrant’ IoT ecosystem would be seen in India very soon. The Department of Telecom (DoT) has come out with a machine- to-machine (M2M) roadmap which seeks to synergize regulators, bodies involved in development of standards, manufacturers and perspective users so that associated industries could benefit.
Pointing out the initiatives like Telecommunications Standards Development Society India and others by the Department of Telecom, he said Leveraging technology is an objective which pervades the whole of government. The Department of IT has developed an IoT policy which is in the draft stage and under consultation. ALSO READ: Bluetooth 5.0 brings 2x speed, 4x range and capacity boost for IoT devices
Stating that there is lot of work in progress like KYC norms for SIM embedded M2M devices, 13 digits numbering scheme for IoT – for SIM embedded M2M devices, he said, The Department of Telecom has requested the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India for recommendations in the area of quality of service standards of international roaming system and requirement of additional spectrum for an IoT ecosystem in India. As soon as the recommendations are received we hope to come out with specific decisions. ALSO READ: IBM launches new programs in India to develop cloud and IoT platforms