PM Modi unveils 6G vision document, launches R&D test bed
New Delhi, March 22: Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled Bharat's 6G Vision Document on Wednesday and also inaugurated the new International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Area office and Innovation Centre.
The Prime Minister also unveiled the 6G R&D Test Bed and the 'Call Before u Dig' App at the event. The Prime Minister noted at the event, "Today when India is presiding over the G-20, reducing the regional divide is one of its priorities. When we talk about bridging the technological divide, it is very natural to expect from India."
In addition, the Prime Minister stated during the event that "telecom technology is empowering our citizens in India."
The Prime Minister stated that the huge increase in the number of internet users in rural India in recent years "shows the potential of Digital India."
The Technology Innovation Group on 6G (TIG-6G), constituted in November 2021 with members from various Ministries/Departments, research and development institutions, academia, standardisation bodies, Telecom Service Providers and industry to develop a roadmap and action plans for 6G in India, prepared the Bharat 6G vision document.
6G Testbed would provide a platform for academic institutions, industries, start-ups, and MSMEs, among others, to test and evaluate evolving ICT technologies. The Bharat 6G Vision Document and 6G Testbed will also provide an enabling environment in the country for innovation, capacity growth, and faster technological adoption.
The Call Before u Dig (CBuD) app is a tool designed to minimise damage to underlying assets such as optical fibre cables caused by uncoordinated digging and excavation, which costs thousands of crores every year. The CBuD mobile app will connect excavators and asset owners via SMS/Email notifications and click-to-call so that there are planned excavations throughout the country while protecting the safety of underground assets.
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