The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved allocation of 5 MHz spectrum in the 700 MHz band to Indian Railways for improving its communication and signalling systems, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said.He said it will help improve safety of passengers on the transport network. The project with an estimated cost of Rs 25,000 crore will be completed in the next five years. The railways currently relies on optical fibre for its communication network but with the allocation of fresh spectrum, it will be able to use high-speed radio on a real-time basis.
Broadband India Forum (BIF), the leading policy forum and think-tank for digital transformation and broadband proliferation in the country, organised a virtual session of The Digital Dialogues today. An Industry White Paper on Atmanirbharta in Telecom Manufacturing was also released on the occasion by the Chief Guest Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, Government of India, and TK Paul, Member (T), Department of Telecommunications (DoT), who joined as the Special Guest of Honour.