The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has launched 5G Hackathon in association with various academic and industrial stakeholders. It will be spread across three phases beginning from February 2020 and culminating in October 2020.
- It aims at shortlisting India’s cutting edge ideas that can be converted into workable 5G products and solutions.
- It is open to developers, students, start-ups, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), academic institutions & registered companies in India and NRIs.
- Participants can develop 5G solutions from various categories including Healthcare, Education and Governance, AgriTech and Livestock, Environment, Public Safety, and Disaster Management Enterprise, Smart Cities and Infrastructure, Cyber Security, Banking, Finance and Insurance, Logistics and Transportation, Multimedia and Broadcast, among others.
- 5G is the fifth generation cellular technology that apart from increasing the downloading and uploading speeds over the mobile network, also reduces the latency i.e. the time taken by a network to respond.
- 5G will provide a download speed of 1 Gbps, which is at least 100 times the existing data speeds.
- It also increases energy efficiency and offers more stable network connections.
- 5G will have a wider area in the frequency spectrum (range of frequencies) that will ensure no network congestion.
- In addition, it will also ensure connectivity to a full circle i.e. everything is connected to every other thing. Its application in different economic verticals is one of the most distinctive features of 5G technology.
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