Recently, the Indian government has launched the Bharat 6G Alliance (B6GA) to spearhead the development of 6G technology in the country.
About Bharat 6G Alliance:
- It is a collaborative platform which aims to achieve universal and affordable connectivity, promote indigenous technology, and establish India as a global leader in the telecom sector.
- This platform consist of public and private companies, academia, research institutions, and standards development organizations, aims to lead the development and deployment of 6G technology in India.
- It will forge coalitions and synergies with other 6G Global Alliances, fostering international collaboration and knowledge exchange.
- Aim: To bring together Indian startups, companies, and the manufacturing ecosystem to establish consortia that drive the design, development and deployment of 6G technologies in India.
- One of the key goals of B6GA is to facilitate market access for Indian telecom technology products and services, enabling the country to emerge as a global leader in 6G technology.
· Funding for 6G technology projects: To support the advancement of 6G technology, the government has allocated a grant of 240.51 crores through the Telecom Technology Development Fund scheme.
What is the Telecom Technology Development Fund?
- It was launched in 2022.
- Under this 5% of annual collections from Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) will be available for TTDF Scheme for funding research & development of technologies, products, and services.
- The scheme is envisaged to bridge digital divide by developing and manufacturing state-of-the-art technologies and to form synergies among academia, start-ups, research institutes, and the industry to build and develop the telecom ecosystem
Q1) What is digital divide?
The digital divide refers to the gap or disparity that exists between different groups of people in terms of access to, use of, and proficiency in digital technologies, such as the internet and computers. It encompasses both the physical access to technology and the ability to utilize it effectively.