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Larsen & Toubro Infotech partners with IIT Madras for 5G research

Larsen & Toubro Infotech partners with IIT Madras for 5G research

Larsen & Toubro Infotech (LTI) announced its partnership with IIT Madras for collaborative research in the field of 5G. Through this collaboration, LTI and IIT Madras aim to innovate in the emerging 5G space and enable 5G frameworks validation, low frequency RF deployments and use case testing with 5G test bed.

As part of this partnership, LTI and IIT Madras will promote research towards development of low-cost, low-frequency 5G network setup for better connectivity in rural India. The key objective of this effort is to create a 5G base station and single-box solution to enable rural connectivity. LTI will work closely with IIT Madras to design these low-cost base stations and network for rural connectivity. LTI will also provide expertise for research capabilities and offer relevant infrastructure support for this initiative.

“5G promises to facilitate the next level of innovation to build a smarter society, but it is important to ensure that these benefits reach every part of our country. LTI’s partnership with IIT Madras reflects our commitment to leverage this technology to connect people from remote parts of India in a better way,” said Nachiket Deshpande, chief operating officer, LTI.

Indian IT service companies like TCS and LTTS are also working on similar research in 5G R&D in India. Most of the leading IT providers have also collaborated with telcos and enterprises for 5G research.

“IITM’s 5G testbed project is an effort to encourage Indian startups and the industry to take an early lead in 5G. The goal of the project is to build a test bed that closely resembles a real-world 5G deployment,” said Mahesh Panchagnula, Dean (Alumni and Corporate Relations), IIT Madras.

LTI will also work with IIT Madras to build and validate use cases leveraging the 5G test bed for application in multiple domains like smart manufacturing, industry 4.0, smart cities and media. This project is part of LTI’s 1step CSR program and reflects its commitment towards promoting research and innovation (SDG 9 – Industry, innovation, and Infrastructure). Through its support for development of an indigenous 5G network, this partnership is also aligned with the government of India’s ‘Make-india’ initiative.

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