Telecom Minister Ask the Industry to Focus on 5G Innovation in Health, Agriculture

VARDAAN | July 28, 2019

Telecom Minister Ask the Industry to Focus on 5G Innovation in Health, Agriculture
Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday exhorted the sector to make India a hub for telecom equipment manufacturing. Prasad said that India is on its way to become a global power with march of technology and asked the telecom industry to focus on innovation around 5G technology to create products with India specific patents. He said that India generates huge amount of data and has a potential to emerge as global hub for data analysis, data innovation and data refinery while prioritising privacy. “India must become a centre of telecom equipment manufacturing… low cost telecom products. COAI should be a partner,” Prasad said at a curtain raiser event of India Mobile Congress. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) last year recommended for the formation of a unit within the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to promote the manufacture of domestic telecom equipment.

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