India will embrace 5G & be a leader in early, pervasive & cost-effective deployment: Mr. N Sivasailam, DoT Special Secretary


Hyderabad: A special session on ‘5G Initiatives in India and Telecom Standardization: Role of TSDSI’ was organized on Tuesday (27th February 2018) during the 24th National Conference on Communications (NCC 2018) being hosted by the Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad from 25th to 28th February 2018.

Speaking about NCC 2018, Prof U.B. Desai, Director, IIT Hyderabad, said, “I am really delighted that in the tenth year of IIT Hyderabad, we had the opportunity to host the NCC and it was a grand success for us with large number of participants (over 300) who had attended the conference with presentations from across the globe. The most important highlight of the conference was that Mr. N. Sivasailam, Special Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, Government of India (GoI) presented on the 5G initiative the country has taken. Many NCC participants will now be part of this 5G movement that has been launched by the GoI.”

The session featured important speakers including top officials from the Department of Telecommunications who spoke about current state of 5G technology in India.

Delivering a lecture on ‘5G Initiatives in India’ during this session, Mr. N. Sivasailam, Special Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, Government of India, said, “India will embrace 5G technology and be a leader in early, pervasive and cost-effective deployment. 5G opens up a new realm of applications driving individual intelligence towards omnipotent collaboration of things.”

5G wireless would usher a major societal transformation by massive expansion of the role of information technology across industrial, commercial, educational, healthcare, agricultural, financial and social sectors. India must embrace this opportunity by deploying 5G networks early, efficiently and pervasively, as well as emerge as a significant innovator and technology supplier at the global level, he said.

Further, Mr. Sivasailam added that 5G Can Advance Indian National Priorities

Ø Inclusive growth for all socio-economic sections

Ø Reduce urban / rural digital divide

Ø Improve competitiveness of manufacturing

Ø Job creation and employment growth

Ø Improved energy efficiency

Ø Enhanced public health, education and security

Addressing the session, Mr. Satish Jamadagni, SG1 Chairman [Networks], Telecom Standards Development Society of India (TSDSI), spoke about the role of TSDSI. “While India had played only a marginal role in previous technology generations, 5G was different. India was able to add a New Mandatory evaluation configuration called LMLC (Low Mobility Large Cell) into the Global standards,” he told the gathering.

Ms. Pamela Kumar, Director General, TSDSI, delivered a lecture on ‘Why we need to collaborate in Standardisation?’ She explained that TSDSI was a collaboration platform to develop standards to enable ‘Use in India’ and ‘Make in India.’

The General co-Chairs of NCC 2018 were Prof. Zafar Ali Khan, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, and Dr. Bheemarjuna Reddy Tamma, Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Hyderabad.

NCC 2018 offered a deep, diverse and excellent technical program that featured 108 regular peer-reviewed research paper presentations, including two plenary lectures, three keynote presentations and six invited talks. The plenary speakers included Prof. P.P. Vaidyanathan from California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA and Prof. Lina J. Karam, Arizona State University (ASU), USA. The industry exhibits during NCC-2018 helped participants from all over the country to witness new innovations for realizing different use cases of 5G.

The conference received generous support from industry leaders like National Instruments, Qualcomm, Tejas Networks, Redpine Signals, ADTRAN, Mathworks, NVIDIA, IEEE and IEEE Hyderabad section are the technical co-sponsors of the conference.

The NCC is the flagship conference of India in Communications, Signal Processing and Networks. It has been organized every year, starting from the year 1995, by Joint Telematics Group (JTG) of the Indian Institutes of Technology and the Indian Institute of Science.