PM opens 5G lab virtually at IITDM in Kurnool

Anantapur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 5G Use Case Laboratory at the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing (IIITDM) at Kurnool on Friday.

IITDM is one of the 100 institutes in India where 5G labs, as announced in Union Budget 2023–24. The PM inaugurated the lab virtually at the inaugural event of Indian Mobile Congress-2023.

As part of Aatmanirbhar Bharat, Make in India and Digital India programmes, Ministry of Information has set up 5G labs across the country to enhance students' proficiency in 5G technology and provide essential services to start-up communities.

Speaking on the occasion, Narendra Modi said India had depended on foreign countries for 2G, 3G and 4G technology. However, it has developed 5G technology by itself. The country stands third in the world in terms of 5G expansion and development.

The Prime Minister said through Make in India, the country is manufacturing mobiles and also exporting them abroad. He hoped research and skill development programmes in 5G technology will help India develop the 6G technology.

IIITDM Kurnool will focus on various research topics related to 5G networks, including rural technology, railways, healthcare, education, sports, agriculture and mining.

IIITDM Kurnool director Prof. Somayajulu said their institute has been allotted the 5G lab, along with prestigious institutes of the country like IIT Kanpur and IIT Roorkee.

Assistant director of Department of Telecommunications Ravi Teja participated in the programme along with the institute’s faculty and students.

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