The latest technology usually attracts a lot of hype that is about it will change everything. But, now this hype has extended ahead of a technology’s real potential. In case of 5G broadband, there are lots of expectations in terms of the transformational benefits of this next-generation broadband wireless technology. The companies are promising to their users for the mind-boggling download speeds offered by 5G.
First, you should know, what is 5G and how it has come in big race now. 5G, basically stands for the “Fifth Generation”. 5G is the next evolution for mobile technology after 4G LTE. The 5G network will bring faster speeds and improved network capacity and efficiency. The basic feature of the 5G network is the significant increase in the download and upload speed. This feature will enhance the existing uses like in cloud based storage, artificial intelligence and augmented reality.
Due to the great uses of the 5G network, the need for spectrum test has grown up in India as well. Official sources has reported information about the 5G spectrum test. The Department of Telecom (DoT) will consult with the first Home Ministry and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) for the forthcoming 5G spectrum-based field test for the Chinese telecom giants Huawei and after that it will approve.
As per the officials, It is not only a security related issue but also telecommunication or technology related issue. So, the home ministry will also have to remain the loop along with the PMO, whose views are very important on matters related to the security of the country. Such decisions will be made only after the proper consultation.
He said, “Such decisions will be made with proper consultation. We must also look around the world to see how Huawei is working, how this issue has been handled by the government. This is a big issue against fulfilling the device needs.”
The government has constituted a committee under the chairmanship of Principal Scientific Advisor to decide on the participation of Huawei in the 5G tests. According to the source, the recommendations of the committee will be sent to the Home Ministry and the PMO to take a holistic view on this issue. New Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had recently said, “As far as 5G is concerned, this is not just a matter related to technology, it also includes issues related to security.”
He said, “Whether or not a particular company is allowed to participate in the 5G trial, it also includes security issues and it is a complex question.”
Huawei has sought clarity from the ministry whether he will be allowed to participate in field trials with the telecommunications operator. In October last year, ShenZhen’s company Huawei had said that it was invited by DOT to participate in the discussion on 5G tests. However, another major Chinese company ZTE was not invited. The three device vendors who got green signal from the panel are Samsung, Nokia and Ericsson. For the tests, Geo Samsung, Airtel, Nokia and Vodafone Idea (VIL) have partnered with Ericsson.