Telecom Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI), a national SDO responsible for the development of Indian telecom standards, has successfully introduced an indigenous developed 5G candidate standard at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) WP-5D Meeting in Geneva held during December 10-13, 2019. The TSDSI 5G technology will deliver, in addition to the ultra-fast, low-latency mobile internet and next-generation IoT services in both cellular and mm-wave spectral bands common to all 5G candidate standards, an additional technological enhancement that has the ability to provide broadband connectivity to rural users using ultra-long range cell sites. This enhancement will ensure 100% of India’s villages can be covered from towers located at panchayat villages where Bharatnet reaches, whereas nearly a third of such neighboring villages would be out of coverage otherwise. The Indian 5G submission exploits a new transmit waveform that increases cell range developed by research institutions in India and supported by some Indian companies.
The ITU, a UN body that that sets requirements for 5G, had earlier adopted the so-called Low-Mobility-Large-Cell (LMLC) use case as a mandatory 5G requirement in 2017. This requirement was adopted by ITU mainly as a result of sustained effort by Indian Government (DOT) and TSDSI to address the unique Indian rural broadband deployment scenario. Several countries supported this use case as they saw a similar need in their jurisdictions as well. During the recently concluded ITU-R WP-5D meeting, the TSDSI 5G submission passed a key milestone (STEP-3), where the Indian proposal was accepted as a candidate for evaluation as an IMT-2020 (5G) standard. Read MoreContinue Reading