5Gi will become an integral part of 5G standards for India and other countries: President of TSDSI

Deepak Gupta February 20, 2022
Updated 2022/02/20 at 3:50 AM

A 5G technology standard developed in India has become part of global standards that will be adopted by local companies and around the world, a senior official at Indian telecom standards body TSDSI said on Friday.

5Gi is India’s first telecom technology standard to find a place in the global telecom equipment standards for 5G services.

Global standards development body 3GPP has agreed on an action plan that will enable 5Gi to merge into 5G.

“The move is a big step towards realizing India’s goal of greater coverage in rural, remote and urban areas. The merging of 5Gi requirements into 3GPP 5G standards allows for a single common specification going forward, as well as creating a single radio access solution for 5G deployments in India and globally,” said TSDSI President NG Subramaniam.

The Telecommunications Standards Development Society of India (TSDSI) aims to develop and promote India-specific requirements, standardize solutions to meet these requirements and contribute to international standards in the field of telecommunications.

Global telecom equipment manufacturers have opposed TSDSI from developing the 5Gi standard for India as it will be separate from global standards and will increase the cost of deploying 5G services in the country.

5Gi technology standards focus on rural (extended) coverage to meet domestic requirements.

“Ousing enhanced collaboration among 3GPP organizational partners, there was a strong collaborative spirit among global stakeholders to work together on next-generation technologies, leading to improved rural coverage as the 5Gi coverage-enhancing broadcast mode becomes part of the 5G NR specification,” said Subramaniam.

The rules make room for the development of intellectual property in the country. Most patents in the 5G space have been filed by Chinese and European companies.

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