State-owned BSNL’s 4G technology will be upgraded to 5G in 5-7 months and deployed on the 1.35 lakh telecommunications towers the company has in the country, said Union Railways and Telecommunications Minister Ashwini. Vaishnaw said on Thursday. While speaking at a CII event, the minister said the government plans to increase the telecommunications technology development fund from Rs. 500 crore per year to Rs. 4,000 crore to encourage local innovation.
To answer a question about BSNL In the telecom sector role of Kotak Bank CEO Uday Kotak, Vaishnaw said BSNL will become a very strong stabilizer in the telecom space.
He said BSNL has about 1,35,000 cell towers across the country with a very strong presence in rural areas, which are still not fully covered by other telecom companies.
“telecommunication technology stack will be launched. It is a 4G The technology stack will be upgraded to 5G in a timeframe of 5 to 7 months. That set of technologies will be deployed on 1.35 lakh telecommunication towers in the country,” Vaishnaw said.
BSNL asked Tata consulting services (TCS) provides 5G test equipment to enable telecom companies to begin testing 5G services.
The minister said that with the deployment of 5G on the BSNL network, the public sector company, compared with two other large companies and the third one, will become the main player in the telecommunications sector and especially for the remote area. not served by a typical market mechanism.
Talking about encouraging innovation and startup ecosystem, Vaishnaw said that Indian Railways and defense has started a model to support startups from concept stage to proof of concept and in in some cases, bring in the market or revenue stream for as little as three to four years.
“We are bringing that model into the telecom space. A Rs 500 billion per year telecom technology development fund has been established. We will bring it to Rs 3,000-4 trillion per year. Development fund. that technology will be made available to the entire industry,” Vaishnaw said.
He said that Railways already has more than 800 startups associated with the program while 2,000 startups in the defense sector are part of the program.
“You can come up with a new idea for a new solution. Start from the idea and go to the product level. Similar tests will be carried out in many areas,” the minister said.
He said that the industry has a responsibility to achieve world-class certifications for their products and always accept the bigger challenge and offer something with a better quality that only other industries can afford. India just noticed.
The minister said Indian Railways designed the Vande Bharat diverter rack with an error of 1 millimeter, making it an export quality design and the press in 18 countries had covered it themselves.
“We challenged that the margin of the design should be less than 1 mm. We could have exported to Germany if we had made 3 and certainly 1 mm. Hopefully by the time we meet. , maybe next year, this time, we will have about 75-80 trains and when those 80-100 trains run in 2-3 years, the worldwide market will be India’s market.” Vaishnaw said.
He said it was a very difficult task to design a rail bollard with that kind of margin and a very sturdy spring that is almost like a cushion on which the vehicle is resting.
“This train, despite the current state of our tracks, is able to deliver superior quality to any other train in the country. It is comparable to most international trains in the world.” The train was tested at 180 km/h on the track between Delhi and Kota and even a glass of water did not shake,” Vaishnaw said.
The minister said the sound quality inside the ship is 1/100 of the sound inside the plane.