K Rajaraman, Telecom News, ET Telecom

NEW DELHI: The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) will train 1 lakh people in partnership with the Telecommunications Sector Skills Council (TSSC), while the business segment will make a noticeable difference, a senior official says

“The DoT, in conjunction with the Telecommunications Sector Skills Council (TSSC), is seeking to upskill up to 1,000 people in (5G),” said K Rajaraman, Secretary of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).

The official was speaking on the sidelines of the India Mobile Congress – 2022.

The department is working closely with the Gurugram-based TSSC to develop the necessary skills capabilities required by telecom service providers when launching commercial 5G services.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched telecom services based on next-generation technology (5G) piloted by private sector telecom operators – Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel.

The council examines several 5G-focused areas such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI) and big data analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), mobile application development and process automation robotics, to requalify people.

“A lot of opportunities will arise for the skilled workforce in India as the demand for 5G services increases. Due to increased usage of internet services and applications, demand for better telecom networks and the ongoing implementation of 5G network, this gap will only widen,” said Arvind Bali, CEO of Telecom Sector Skills Council (TSSC).

In order to meet this demand, TSSC has already developed courses on 5G and related technologies and established several centers of excellence and training centers across the country.

To bridge this gap, Baki said the council has also partnered with various government, academic and commercial actors. “India is home to a huge pool of talent, so it is crucial that young people are qualified, upskilled or re-skilled for this new networking technology.”

“For business customers, this technology (5G) can make a big difference,” the official said.

Incumbent telecom operators are in talks with enterprise customers to further increase their revenues. Currently, nearly 15% of telecom operator revenue comes from their vertical business.

“There are many use cases and capabilities. Companies can innovate in terms of use cases and only the sky is the limit,” he added.

Rajaraman further said that with the USOF 5% stipend, many startups can apply under the program.

To accelerate innovation and intellectual property rights (IPRs) at the local level, the Center has earmarked 5% of the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) for research and development (R&D) for national companies .

“6G will be the convergence of terrestrial and satellite technologies,” he said, adding that a reference to the regulator has already been sent over the spectrum between the 27.5-28.5 GHz band.

The Center is also looking to boost broadband space services in the country and has endorsed UK-based OneWeb, backed by Bharti, and recently granted a GMPCS license to Reliance Jio.