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5G rollout: DoT asks technical body to finalise IoT, M2M standards in 2 months

5G rollout: DoT asks technical body to finalise IoT, M2M standards in 2 months

The Department of Telecom has asked its technical body to finalise standards for Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine technology in two months as the country aspires to roll out 5G services at par with the rest of the world.

The Telecom Engineering Centre (TEC) under the department is preparing finalising standards for telecom equipment and devices for 5G services. The roadmap for M2M communications was released in May 2015 but the centre is yet to finalise generic requirement for the segment.

IoT and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) devices would be widely deployed technology for implementing 5G services.

Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha while releasing a technical report — M2M/IoT Enabling Smart Infrastructure — urged the TEC to prop up its work in framing standards especially in international area to meet the requirement of the country.

“Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication and the Internet-of-Things (IoT) has the potential to transform our lives, by radically changing the way we interact with the physical world around us,” Sinha said.

Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan appreciated technical reports released by the TEC but said it is only 10-15 per cent of the work that has to be done in the area of IoT and M2M.

“TEC in coming two months will apply itself to actually coming up with standards for M2M and IoT

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