NEW DELHI: US-based companies Cisco and Intel have urged the Department of Telecommunications to open up key spectrum in the 6 Ghz for the wider adoption of Wi-Fi 6 which along with the 5G technology will enable industry 4.0 and critical IoT-based use cases in India.

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“…5G and WiFi 6 are complementary. Both have a solid evolution path for next decade. We are a strong player in this ecosystem and research is being done in Bangalore. It is critical to provide both license and unlicensed spectrum for greater societal benefits,” Intel’s representative Valsa Williams said at the meeting.

Intel also urged the government to delicense spectrum in the 57-71 GHz bands for fixed wireless services along with various other use cases.

Networking major Cisco urged the DoT to encourage industry 4.0 use cases with the help of spectrum in CBRS bands and spectrum in 24-28 Ghz. “CBRS bands in 3.5 GHz bands can be used by enterprise, government and the private sector. For private enterprises, we can look at higher bands 24-28 Ghz bands,” Rohit Kaw, Director, Systems Engineering – Service Provider, Cisco India said at the meeting.

Intel also emphasized the need for research and development (R&D) in India. “Quick licenses for R&D must be given as fast as possible,” Williams said.

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US-based chipmaker Qualcomm said that India needs to quickly harmonise with the WRC-19 bands in its allocation plan. “Two more WRC are coming up and DoT needs to make a routine to bring those outcomes to the India spectrum allocation plan,” a Qualcomm representative said at the meeting. “There is a need to provide protection to the spectrum and recognise investments in these spectrum and services in India”India Cellular & Electronics Association (ICEA), which represents Apple, Foxconn, Wistron, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and local brands like Lava and Micromax, also urged the department to release the spectrum for short range device-based (SRD) applications.

“Short range devices are being developed and new apps are coming on the bluetooth and on the IoT side. SRD bands which are globally used for SRD apps should be released in India,” the ICEA representative said at the meeting.

ICEA said that the move will help startups to develop the ecosystem both in terms of services and manufacturing.

At the meeting, Korea’s Samsung said there is a strong need for 5G spectrum availability in India including clarity in the mmwave spectrum. “There needs to be a quick alignment and harmonization to WRC 19 spectrum bands. The spectrum roadmap should be classified in different categories. Split bands and requirements into immediate need, short and long term needs (WRC 23 and 27),” a Samsung spokesperson said in the meeting.