Pioneering 6G and Telecom Security

By siliconindia   |   Tuesday, 12 September 2023, 02:01 IST
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Pioneering 6G and Telecom Security
The collaboration between India and the US at the G20 Summit 2023, focusing on 6G technology and telecom infrastructure security, is pivotal for global progress. 
India and the US are forgoing a critical alliance at the G20 Summit 2023 to propel 6G technology into the spotlight. This collaboration lands as a milestone in the journey towards the next-generation wireless network to provide high-speed internet, better coverage, and more expansive use cases. Global nations are eagerly anticipating the advent of 6G technology, and hence, stakeholders are striving to critically understand the implications of collaboration and its far-reaching impact all around the world.
The former Telecom Secretary and former President of NASSCOM, R Chandrashekhar, emphasized the evolving landscape of technology, noting that the focus has shifted seamlessly from mere technological advancement to the realm of trust and standards. Geopolitical shifts in recent times have inaugurated a new era in which trust, where even its absence, holds a pivotal position. With nations upgrading towards a digitized world, the security of telecommunication infrastructure is much more than data concerning national security. 
The infrastructure depends on a worldwide supply network, rising as a potential challenge for nations aiming to achieve complete self-sufficiency. Therefore, ensuring telecom infrastructure security may present serious challenges, where India has embraced ‘Atmanirbharta’ and the U.S. is welcoming a ‘friend-shoring’ approach. Wherein 6G technology emerges as the very next frontier.  
Technology is advancing at an increased pace in recent times, with the entrepreneurial focus shifting from technology and economics to trust and standards. This is mainly due to the way the geopolitics all across the globe is progressing, and hence, emerging as a major factor. Trust factors and the security of the telecommunication infrastructure have risen as national security rather than mere data security, with digitization making its way globally. It potentially relies on electronics and products manufactured through a global supply chain, layering opportunities for any business to be self-sufficient. Hence, it piles responsibilities over protecting the telecom infrastructure. These shifts are taking place at an increased pace in recent years with no signs of slowing down. It is where 6G rises as the new generation in terms of technology, economics, and manufacturing, in addition to trust and supply chain per the foundations that are being laid today.  
The chairman of the 6G Indian Alliance Association, NG Subramaniam, also shared insights into the future of 6G networks, highlighting the growing role of software over hardware in shaping these networks. Intelligence will be at the core of 6G, driven by software, artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, and algorithms, enhancing network configurability and interoperability.
Promoting collaboration among academia, industry, startups, society, and government stands monumental for attaining the necessary degrees of flexibility and adaptability. It is where the partnership between Bharat 6G and the Next G alliance in the United States represents a pivotal stride in the correct path.