A panel set up to recommend the scope of 5G trials in the country has submitted its report to the Department of Telecom (DoT), a source said.

The DoT-constituted committee, chaired by IIT-Kanpur Director Abhay Karandikar, was to give recommendations on the scope of trials, as well as size, quantum, pricing, and other aspects for offering experimental/trial spectrum for 5G.

A DoT source privy to the development said that the report was submitted recently and is currently being examined, but did not divulge details.

A section of industry has been of the view that existing validity period of licence for trials and experimentation is too short and should be increased.

Some industry representatives had earlier informed the committee that the various stages involved in the process of experimentation and trials, such as import and release of equipment, installation and commission of equipment, network integration, and interoperability checking require a longer duration.

The existing validity of three months is short and needs to be extended, they said.

The National Digital Communications Policy 2018 outlines a mission to “propel India”, by enabling next generation technologies and services through investments, innovation and IPR generation.

In this regard, it underlines the need to harness the power of emerging digital technologies, including 5G.

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