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Telecom Secretary Launches Simplified 5G Experimental License Module for Academic Labs

Dr. Neeraj Mittal, the Secretary of the Department of  Telecommunications, has virtually inaugurated the “Experimental License Module for 100 5G Labs” at IIT Madras, marking a significant step towards enabling smoother operations for 5G experimentation in academic institutions across India. This initiative aims to simplify the process of obtaining experimental licenses for 5G labs, streamlining operations and encouraging innovation in the field.

Under the initiative of ‘100 5G Use Case Labs’ awarded by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to educational institutions nationwide, these labs will utilize 5G frequency bands for various experiments and testing scenarios. To ensure interference-free operations with licensed Telecommunications Service Providers (TSPs), they require the Experimental (Non-Radiating) category of license from the DoT.

Previously, applicants had to navigate a cumbersome process involving detailed information on experiments, equipment, and setup schematics. However, the DoT has now introduced a simplified mechanism through the National Single Window System (NSWS) Portal, specifically catering to the ‘Experimental License for 100 5G Labs’.

This streamlined process automates application procedures, pre-filling technical specifications and schematic details, thereby reducing manual effort and time. Moreover, applicants can now obtain the experimental license instantly through a “Self-declaration Mode” and download it with a single click, ensuring prompt commencement of operations.

The revamped application process requires only basic information such as institute address, authorized personnel, and a nominal fee of Rs. 5000, making it more accessible to a wider range of institutions. This move is expected to significantly bolster innovation, cultivate competencies, and democratize access to 5G technology, empowering educational institutions and startups to explore its transformative potential.