Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw speaks about three big challenges faced while launching 5G at SOA

The Union Minister also suggested that Odisha-based SOA set up a 5G Lab and a Software Development lab
Picture from the event | (Pic: SOA)
Picture from the event | (Pic: SOA)

With 5G connectivity set to be launched in India in the first week of October, Union Minister for Railways, Communication, Electronics and IT Ashwini Vaishnaw on Thursday, September 15, said Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan (SOA) Deemed-to-be University, Bhubaneswar, could set up a 5G Lab and a Software Development lab.

“The IT ministry will provide the needed 5G spectrum and extend the assistance for such ventures within 30 days of receipt of the application,” Vaishnaw said while interacting with students and faculty members of the university.

SOA sources said steps were being taken for the establishment of these two labs.

The union minister, who attended a programme Modi@20 — Dreams Meet Delivery organised in SOA to mark 20 years of leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and interacted with the packed audience, said 5G connectivity would come as the biggest boon for the healthcare, agriculture and education sectors.

“The three big challenges we faced in launching 5G included development of a stable core, development of a stable radio for Indian conditions and integration of the whole system. But we have succeeded well in all three,” he told a questioner.

Vaishnaw said only five countries in the world had end-to-end technology for telecom. He said a world-class 5G lab had already been developed at IIT Madras to provide a boost to the 5G technology.

Replying to a question about the poor speed of 4G, Vaishnaw spoke about the biggest obstacle related to the availability of spectrum. “I recently called all telecom service providers and told them since they had the spectrum now, it was their duty to improve the quality of service. And they have been given targets,” he said.

Praising Prime Minister Modi for his dreams and methodical hard work which was ensuring the nation’s progress, Vaishnaw said the leader’s continuous efforts were creating a future for the young generation.

Prof Basanta Kumar Pati, Professor of Gynaecology in SOA’s faculty of medical sciences, welcomed the minister while Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Pradipta Kumar Nanda provided an outline of the university. Dean (Students’ Welfare) Prof Jyoti Ranjan Das conducted the proceedings.

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