C-DOT and IIT-Jodhpur Forge Alliance for 5G Innovation Using Artificial Intelligence

Marking a significant step towards the advancement of telecom technologies in India, the Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT), the premier telecom research and development center under the Department of Telecommunications, Government of India, and the Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur (IIT-J), have come together in a groundbreaking collaboration. The two institutions have inked an agreement focused on “Automated Service Management in 5G and Beyond Networks Using AI”, catapulting the nation into the next generation of telecommunications.

This pioneering partnership is powered by the Telecom Technology Development Fund (TTDF), a visionary initiative by the Department of Telecommunications. The TTDF aims to bolster domestic entities in their endeavor to design, develop, and commercialize cutting-edge telecommunication solutions. This initiative primarily seeks to bridge digital divides by fostering affordable broadband and mobile services across India’s rural and remote landscapes.

The collaboration’s core mission is ambitious and forward-thinking. It aims to develop sophisticated Artificial Intelligence (AI) frameworks tailored for the nuanced needs of modern telecom networks. These AI frameworks will tackle automated network management, fault detection, and diagnostic procedures by processing continuous data streams hallmark to networks like 5G. A key outcome of this venture will be the establishment of a real-time 5G and Beyond testbed. This testbed, structured in alignment with Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) standards, will serve as a hands-on platform for demonstrating advanced automated network management and network slicing techniques. Furthermore, it will support specific application use-cases such as smart metering and remotely operated vehicles, showcasing the diverse potential of 5G technologies.

The agreement was formalized in a ceremony attended by Dr. Pankaj Kumar Dalela, Director at C-DOT, and Dr. Sai Kiran, MPR, Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT Jodhpur. Expressing his enthusiasm about the collaboration, Dr. Sai Kiran highlighted the significant impact of the DoT’s R&D grant. “This grant is a catalyst for our dedicated efforts towards redefining network management and enhancing Quality of Service (QoS) within 5G and emerging 6G telecom networks. Through the adoption of state-of-the-art AI technologies, our team is poised to pioneer automated network management solutions. These solutions promise to deliver low-latency, high-reliability performance, paving the way for the emergence of new application verticals such as remotely operated vehicles and smart city infrastructures,” Dr. Sai Kiran elaborated.

Both C-DOT and IIT Jodhpur echoed the sentiment that the successful completion of this project will unlock novel applications in transportation systems, smart cities, and significantly contribute to India’s leadership in the development of future telecommunications standards, especially in the 6G frontier.

The initiative reflects a broader commitment by Indian institutions to lead in technology innovation, ensuring the nation’s active participation in shaping the future of global telecommunications. It is a strategic leap towards realizing the vision of a digitally empowered society, enhanced connectivity, and the development of sustainable, smart urban ecosystems across India.

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