GS Paper - 3 (Information and Communication Technology)

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) formed as many as six academia-driven task forces under the Technology Innovation Group (TIG) on sixth-generation or 6G technology, making industry representation only symbolic.

What

  1. In a notification, the department mandated immediate deliverables by 31 March 2022 that included mapping of 6G activities and capabilities worldwide, and a white paper on India's competencies, including research and pre-standardisation activities.
  2. The new task groups are headed by Bhaskar Ramamurthy, director, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Chennai.
  3. The developments in India come close on the heels of a 6G task force set up by the US House Committee under the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to study design and deployment of next generation technology.
  4. 6G will continue to use the multilayer frequency band approach adopted in 5G, that millimeter wave (mmWave) band would be deployed for integrated sensing and communications applications, and spectrum bandwidth required may be 500 MHz to multiple GHz per operator.
  5. The task forces set up by the department also includes officials representing the Ministry of Defence (MoD), Ministry of Electronics & IT (MeitY), Department of Science & Technology (DST), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC) and Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT), and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).