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In a bid to boost the 5G ecosystem in the country, the Government of India has decided that the indigenous 5G test bed facility can be used free of cost by recognized startups and MSMEs up to January 2023. Other stakeholders including academia, service providers, R&D institutions, government bodies, and equipment manufacturers, among others, will have to pay a nominal fee for using the country’s 5G test bed. Currently, the 5G test bed is available at five locations across India. While the integrated test bed is available at CEWiT/IIT Madras, other test beds are available at IIT Delhi, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Kanpur, and IISc Bangalore. It provides an open 5G test bed that enables academia and industry to test their products, prototypes, and algorithms and showcase other allied services. The end-to-end test bed is compliant with the global 3GPP standard and ORAN standard. Experts feel a significant number of startups can potentially become unicorns by launching their fifth-generation or 5G-based applications.