Global trade bodies push for 3GPP compliant 5G in India

Global trade bodies push for 3GPP compliant 5G in India

Top trade and technology bodies from the US and UK have told the Indian government to adopt the 5G standards that have been recommended by the 3GPP.

India is currently in confusion about which 5G standard it should go with - 5Gi developed by Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI) or the 3GPP developed 5G standard.

The top international trade bodies have urged the Indian government to go ahead with 3GPP standards which will give a much-needed push to electronic manufacturing in India as companies will be encouraged to set up their operations in India.

“By using globally harmonized standards such as those from 3GPP, companies can set up manufacturing operations in India with the confidence that they can easily serve both the Indian market and export to global markets,” the bodies said in a joint submission letter to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and the Telecommunications Engineering Centre (TEC).

The letter is signed by Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), TechNet, TechUK, Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), UK-India Business Council (UKIBC), US-India Business Council (USIBC), and US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF).

According to them, the 5Gi standard developed by the TSDSI isn’t better than the 5G standard developed by 3GPP. Further, it would isolate Indians and their smartphone technologies which will increase the cost of the devices and also restrict Indian users from using 5G network services when they are in international roaming.

A report in the Economic Times said that Indian telcos, multinational vendors chipset, and smartphone makers have already made their submission to both TEC and the DoT urging the government to avoid making the TSDSI 5G standard, 5Gi, mandatory as the technology is not proven and may impact the 5G rollout and disrupt the entire ecosystem by delaying the rollout and jack up prices. Reliance Jio and other telecom companies have also remarked that the use of 5Gi should be used in a non-mandatory manner.