A group of Indian telecom equipment manufacturers has been mandated by Indian Railways to deploy a 5G-based mobile communication network between Palwal and Mathura stations on a trial basis, a senior official from industry organization VoICE said on Thursday.
Director General RK Bhatnagar of The Voice of Indian Communication Technology Enterprises (VoICE) told PTI that the members of the association will use the premium 700 MHz spectrum band available at Indian Railways to deploy 5G technology.
“Indian Railways has requested VoICE to deploy a 5G based mobile communications network on the Palwal-Mathura sector of (82 km) Indian Railways in a consortium mode on 700 MHz band as Proof of Concept. Implementation target is 9 to 12 months,” said Bhatnagar.
VoICE members are companies such as Himachal Futuristic Communications, Telecommunications Consultants India, Signaltron, Lekha Wireless, Coral Telecom, Sparsh, Astrome, Dyotis, etc.
The successful trial will help association members scale up their businesses and benefit from Indian Railways Rs. 59,000 crore modernization plan.
“Railways will share their existing infrastructure including spectrum. It will cost the railways nothing,” said Bhatnagar.
The pilot includes various railway communication, such as train control communication, emergency communication, gate telephone, communication between train controller/station master and driver/guard, track maintenance personnel, mission-critical push-to-talk, group cast mass notification.
Mission Critical services such as floor control, audio and video broadcasting, push-to-talk services and special priority calls are also covered.
This is the first 5G private enterprise network pilot to be conducted by Indian telecom equipment manufacturers.
“Except HFCL, most VoICE members are small players. VoICE is trying to support domestic Indian design-led telecom players to pick up similar projects for Indian Army Private 5G Enterprise networks,” said Bhatnagar.