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Current Affairs Date: 29 December 2022


6th Edition of India Mobile Congress 2022 (IMC-2022)

⇒ The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi launched 5G Services in India on October 01, 2022 and also inaugurate the 6th Edition of India Mobile Congress 2022 (IMC-2022) held from October 1-4, 2022, at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

About IMC-2022:
Organized by:

IMC 2022 was jointly organized by the Department of Telecommunications and Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI).


The theme of the IMC-2022, the leading digital event in Asia was ‘Encapsulate, Engage and Experience a New Digital Universe’.


Its main objective was to promote new technologies, particularly the indigenous ones and letting Citizens experience the usages and applications of 5G.

The other objectives were promoting local manufacturing, fostering international regional cooperation, inspiring inclusive & sustainable development, promoting entrepreneurship and innovation, driving foreign and local investments, amongst others.


It brought together leading thinkers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and government officials to discuss and showcase unique opportunities emerging from the rapid adoption and spread of digital technology.

It attracted over 5,000 CXOs and Delegates, 250+ Exhibitors, 100+ Start-ups, 300+ Speakers, with a footfall of 70,000+ participants and visitors.

5G Services in India:
    • 5G can unleash new economic opportunities and societal benefits giving it the potential for being a transformational force for Indian society.
    • It will help the country leapfrog the traditional barriers to development, spur innovations by startups and business enterprises as well as advance the ‘Digital India’ vision.
    • 5G technology will help in providing seamless coverage, high data rate, low latency, and highly reliable communications. Also, it will increase energy efficiency, spectrum efficiency and network efficiency.
    • 5G technology will help in connecting billions of Internet of Things devices, will allow higher quality video services with mobility at high speed, and delivery of critical services such as telesurgery and autonomous cars among others.
    • 5G will help in real-time monitoring of disasters, precision agriculture, and minimising the role of humans in dangerous industrial operations such as in deep mines, offshore activities etc.
Key Points:
    • The cumulative economic impact of 5G on India is expected to reach $450 Billion by 2035.
    • Recently, 5G spectrum auctions were conducted successfully and 51,236 MHz was allocated to Telecom Service Providers with a gross revenue of Rs 1,50,173 Crores.
    • DoT has set up a 5G Testbed with help of IITs, IISc Bengaluru and SAMEER to develop technology in 2018.
    • C-DOT has developed an indigenous 5G Non-Stand Alone (NSA) core. C-DOT is also developing 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) in collaboration with local industry and start-ups. C-DOT has already tested its 4G Core in collaboration with TCS and Tejas Networks successfully.
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi also launched the 5G Non-Standalone (NSA) Core at C-DOT pavilion in India Mobile Congress (IMC), 2022 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi on 01 October 2022.
Designed and developed by:

The 5G Non-Standalone (NSA) Core is indigenously designed and developed by C-DOT.

End-to-end 5G call was demonstrated using C-DOT 5G NSA Core installed at BSNL Chandigarh and 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) developed in collaboration with Wisig Networks, VVDN Technologies and Radisys India Pvt Ltd.

» 5G NSA (Non-Stand Alone) core is installed in the BSNL network at Chandigarh. C-DoT’s indigenous partners VVDN, Wisig have developed 5G radio equipment to provide end to end solution along with C-DoT.

About C-DOT:
    • Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) is the Telecom R&D center of the Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications, Government of India
    • C-DOT has been keenly working towards evolving an indigenous technology framework driven by synergistic collaboration amongst R&D, academia, industry, startups and other relevant stakeholders of the Telecom ecosystem to expedite the design, development and production of globally-competitive, cost-effective and market-ready Telecom technology systems for wider reach and deployment in diverse scenarios.


ADM R Hari Kumar, CNS visits New Zealand

⇒ Adm R Hari Kumar, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Indian Navy, visited New Zealand from 29 September to 01 October 2022.

    • The CNS held detailed deliberations with Rear Admiral David Proctor, Chief of Navy, RNZN.
    • The discussions covered a wide spectrum of maritime cooperation opportunities.
    • Both leaders exhibited enthusiasm towards expanding the scale and scope of bilateral engagements in the coming years.
    • The CNS conveyed compliments to RNZN leadership for their active participation in MILAN-22 and that the Indian Navy was looking forward to maiden participation of young RNZN officers in the upcoming Admiral’s Cup Sailing Regatta, scheduled to be hosted by the Indian Navy in December 2022.
    • In a milestone development, an Agreement on White Shipping Information Exchange, was signed during this visit. Closer collaboration towards enhancing shared Maritime Domain Awareness is in keeping with convergent views of both countries with regard to promoting greater transparency in the maritime domain.
Other Points:
    • The visit coincided with the Anniversary Celebrations of RNZN.
    • The CNS was also provided a comprehensive tour of the Maritime Museum of New Zealand, showcasing the country’s rich maritime heritage.
    • The visit to New Zealand further consolidated shared commitments of both navies and has set in motion a promising growth trajectory for deeper bilateral maritime engagements.

Important Day

National Pension System Diwas

⇒ The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) observed 1st October as the National Pension System Diwas (NPS Diwas – A Day for Pension Planning) to promote pension and retirement planning among the citizens of India, and enjoy financial independence post retirement.


The pension regulator aims to encourage every citizen (working professionals and self-employed professionals) to plan towards creating a pension corpus to ensure for onself a financially sound future after retirement. NPS subscribers will enjoy the benefits of tax deduction on contribution, power of compounding and reap the benefits of regular income after retirement.

» As on 24th September, 2022, total number of subscribers under NPS is 571.86 lakhs (5.72 crore) and total Assets Under Management (AUM) is 7,99,467 crore (7.99 trillion).

About PFRDA:
    • Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority is the regulatory body under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Finance, Government of India for overall supervision and regulation of pension in India.
    • The Pension Fund Regulatory & Development Authority Act was passed on 19 September 2013 and the same was notified on 1 February 2014.
    • PFRDA is regulating NPS, subscribed by employees of Govt of India, State Governments and by employees of private institutions/organizations & unorganized sectors.
    • The PFRDA is ensuring the orderly growth and development of the pension market.

Source: PIB & Other News Reports

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