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K. Rajaraman, Chairman of the DCC and Secretary of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). (Image via @TRAI on Twitter)

NEW DELHI: The opportunities of 5G in India are immense and the fifth generation (5G) technology will create more new jobs in operations and maintenance, as well as in the sale of next generation network services, said the secretary of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), K Rajaraman. .

“It is because of the nature of its technology (5G), its capabilities and its offerings, that it will also develop a new set of skills, which will be needed, particularly in the development of use cases” , Rajaraman said.

Rajaraman was speaking at the “Skilling India for Next Generation Telecom Technologies” event organized by the Gurugram-based Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC).

The emergence of new services will also require the installation of new types of network equipment, especially in rural, remote and hilly areas, the official said. “Therefore, we need to promote the competence of people to handle this.”

The official further said that the Internet of Things (IoT) use cases will blossom tremendously with 5G.

“I think they’re just a subset of the overall industry use cases that will be driven by 5G, so narrowband IoT and many other kinds of forms of IoT, that which would be very critical.”

He added that opportunities should also be provided for IoT technicians and people who can operate captive networks. “So these are some of the professional categories that need to be created in the telecommunications sector.”

The Telecommunications Secretary said the Department of Telecommunications will work with the Telecommunications Sector Skills Council (TSSC) to “unpack all these opportunities” and formalize them into discrete job functions, which can then be converted into one-to-one training modules. later stage.

“We have already taken initiatives in rural areas and created an international unit to train individuals to be able to work abroad,” said Arvind Bali, CEO of TSSC.

The council also unveiled a comprehensive report on stealth research into next-generation telecommunications technologies.

The national telecommunications skills body estimates that India will need 22 million skilled workers by 2025 to fully exploit the potential of 5G.
“Given technologies such as IoT, AI, machine learning, big data, cloud computing and robotic process automation, approximately 22 million workers will need to upgrade or upgrade to meet the industry demand by 2025,” Bali told ET.

The government plans to auction 5G waves around June-July and aims for the first 5G call by August-September.

The government plans to auction over one million units of spectrum across the bands 600 MHz, 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz, 2500 MHz, 3.3-3, 67 GHz and 24.25-27.5 GHz, worth around Rs 5 lakh-crore.