India's Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has invited the Expression of Interest (EoI) for the “5G Vertical Engagement and Partnership Programme (VEPP)”.
The move looks to initiate build strong collaborative partnerships across 5G Use-case ecosystem stakeholders with velocity and with an exclusive emphasis to address User/Vertical Industry needs.
According to a government media statement, the ministry of communications has formed a panel headed by the Secretary (Telecom) and an inter-ministerial committee chaired by the member (Technology) that will jointly monitor proceedings of the Digital Communications Commission.
“5G VEPP” is being offered to Industry verticals that have potential as testing cum breeding grounds for innovative 5G use cases, through an EoI to enable close collaboration between User verticals and 5G Tech stakeholders (Service providers, Solution providers & partner OEMs), which can trigger a multiplier effect to try & finetune 5G digital solutions in respective economic verticals.
To give a fillip to the 5G use case development programme, the DoT in partnership with other Ministries & State Government Departments, Startup Hubs, would facilitate necessary approvals/ regulatory clearances to enable Use case prototyping/pilots/Demos/ trials at the User or Vertical industry premises. Required experimental spectrum would also be facilitated on a priority basis.
As a part of this partnership, the respective ministries will have to identify a single point of contact within their department for collaborations with other players in the ecosystem, facilitate access to the relevant premises, and campuses and ensure the use of necessary infrastructure and data for testing 5G.