“It is because of the nature of its (5G) technology, the opportunities and offers will also develop a new range of skills that will be required, especially in the development of use case,” said Rajaraman.
Rajaraman spoke at the event ‘Skilling India for Next Generation Telecom Technologies’ organized by Gurugram-based Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC).
The launch of new services will also require the setup of new types of networking equipment, particularly in rural, remote and hilly areas, the official said. “So therefore we must promote the ability of the people to deal with this.”
The official further said that Internet of Things (IoT) utility cases are going to flourish enormously with 5G.
“I think they are just a subset of the overall industry use cases that will be born of 5G, then narrowband IoT and many other forms of IoT, which would be very critical.”
He added that opportunities should also be provided for IoT technicians and people who can operate captive networks. “So those are some of the business categories that need to be created in the telecommunications sector.”
The telecommunications secretary said the Department of Telecommunications will work with the Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC) to “unpack all these options” and formalize them into discrete job functions, which can then be converted into training modules at a later date.
“We have already taken initiatives in rural areas and created an international entity to empower individuals to be able to hire abroad,” said Arvind Bali, CEO, TSSC.
The council also unveiled a summary report on skulking for next-generation telecom technologies.
The National Telecom Skills Agency estimates that India will require as many as 22 million or 2.2 crore of skilled labor by 2025 to reap the full potential of 5G.
“With technologies like IoT, AI, machine learning, big data, cloud computing, and robotic process automation in mind, about 22 million workers will be required to qualify or qualify to match industry demand by 2025,” Bali previously told ET.
The government plans to auction 5G channels around June-July and aims for the first 5G call before the August-September time frame.
The government plans to auction more than 1 lakh spectrum units across 600 MHz, 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz, 2500 MHz, 3.3-3.67 GHz and 24.25-27 , The 5 GHz bands, d GHz bands around Rs 5 lakh-crore.
The Digital Communications Commission (DCC), chaired by the telecommunications secretary, has backed Trai’s recommendations on 5G pricing, while supporting a telecommunications department’s view of auctioning ethers for 20 years. The telecommunications department will now probably soon seek government approval for DCC’s views.