“At a meeting last week, the engineering center opposed the idea of new standards due to technology fragmentation and interoperability issues. Now the 5Gi and 3GPP 5G merger, as part of the compromise arrangement, has been drafted, which is likely to get a green light from the international standardization body. , “a person familiar with the matter told ETTelecom.
The participating organizations agreed, according to an industry executive, on a scheme that would facilitate the merger between 5Gi and 3GPP-5G, and the new merged Release 17 is expected to be accepted by 3GPP earlier this week.
3GPP or Third Generation Partnership Project is a global initiative that delivers standards and specifications for telecommunications technologies.
This (5Gi and 3GPP-5G fusion) is a milestone and will be a key opportunity to achieve high quality high speed connections for all as 5G is rolled out in India and the rest of the world, a top official in India’s standards body in a communication.
5G Radio Interface Technology (RIT) called 5Gi is an initiative of the Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India along with academia whose merger plan with the global 5G standards will now be submitted to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and India’s Engineering Center.
The merger initiative led by US-based chipset maker Qualcomm following intense industry withdrawals led by multinational vendors such as Swedish Ericsson, Finnish Nokia and Chinese Huawei, led by the industry group Cellular Operators Association of India, representing Jio, Airtel, and Vi.
The Delhi-based telco group opposed national standards, claiming that the 5Gi ecosystem has not yet been developed, validated and tested, and this would result in technology fragmentation. In a series of letters to the telecommunications department, the COAI said that any mandate for such standards could impose a burden on the consumer, as sufficient options are not available to the device’s ecosystem, and would place an additional burden on telecommunications companies that could lead to further 5G pulls.
On the contrary, the Indian Academy led by II-T Madras Director Bhasker Ramamurthy advocated that 5Gi standards should be made mandatory for Indian telecommunications providers.
“TSDSI’s push to have national standards to bridge the digital divide has become a classic case of economic concept for the cobra effect, where an attempt to solve a problem makes the problem even worse,” said Pradep S Mehta, general secretary, CUTS International. .
However, industry stakeholders and experts have already pointed out that any move to impose India-specific standards would face a host of challenges such as increased cost of 5G devices due to a new variant of the chipset, reduction of competitive landscape and a one-sided Indian standards are likely to disconnect users from international mobile networks.