10 Mar DoT launches 5G online certification course for the next-gen wireless broadband technology
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has set in motion plans to create an in-house pool of 5G experts and policymakers, by launching a 12-week online course to train and certify its officials on the next-generation wireless broadband technology, even as India braces for 5G.
Telecom secretary Anshu Prakash launched the online 5G certification course Tuesday, saying the objective is to have “a team of master trainers, 5G security experts within the DoT,” who would formulate a roadmap for reinforcing education and awareness levels about 5G and also identify lacunae in existing legislations with the coming of the next-gen fast broadband technology.
The online 5G certification course for DoT staff will be conducted by National Telecommunications Institute for Policy Research, Innovation & Training (NTIPRIT), the telecom department’s training arm.
“The course will act as a capsule programme for learning overall 5G technology from the perspective of policy making,” Prakash said in an official statement.
Underlining the need to exploit the full potential of 5G and making new-age technologies such as Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications, internet of things (IoT) a reality, Prakash also called on NTIPRIT to come up with such training programmes for officers of other government departments and central ministries.
Though the 5G certification course will initially be available to DoT staff, it will eventually be offered to other stakeholders too.
Bharat Kumar Jog, member (services), Digital Communications Commission, who was present at the inauguration, stressed on design, development and conduction of similar capacity-building programmes on 5G use cases for other central and state government officials.