Indian telecom space is going to see exciting days ahead. India had a peek of things to come when Ericsson showcased its 5G technology recently, writes Archana Prasad

NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 18, 2017: Ericsson is all set to offer 5G telecom technology to India and has already partnered with India’s largest telecom operator Bharti Airtel for its deployment. “We have memorandum of understandings with 36 operators globally. In India, we have recently tied up with Bharti Airtel for 5G technology,” said Nunzio Mirtillo, Senior Vice-President and Head of Market Area South East Asia, Oceania and India, Ericsson.

Ericsson will help Airtel create a strategic roadmap for evolution of the network to the next-gen 5G technology, Mr. Mirtillo said without giving any further details. He was speaking at an event where the company  showcased the first-ever live 5G end-to-end demonstration in India.

According to a recent study done by the Swedish technology firm, 5G will enable a $27.3 billion revenue potential for Indian telecom operators by 2026. The largest opportunity will be seen in sectors like manufacturing, energy and utilities followed by public safety and health sectors. This will be over and above the revenue generated from traditional services which is expected to grow up to $63 billion by 2026. Agriculture will open-up revenue opportunities up to $400 million for telecom operators. The application of 5G will be in areas like field monitoring and mapping, livestock routing and monitoring, on-field applications, and related services.

“We are strengthening our commitment to the Indian market by pioneering the first live 5G demonstration in the country. The 5G technology showcase has been organised in the direction of creating a robust 5G eco system in the country even as the Government plans to have 5G network roll outs by 2020,” said Mr. Mirtillo.

According to Ericsson, the retail sector in India will offer potential 5G enabled revenue of up to $1.15 billion by 2026. “5G is expected to play a major role in digitalization of industries. 5G will bring new level of performance and characteristics to the telecom networks enabling new services and creating new ecosystems said Nitin Bansal, Managing Director, Ericsson India. “5G has the potential to enable 43% incremental revenue opportunity for the Indian operators by 2026,” he added.

The demonstration using Ericsson’s 5G test bed delivered a throughput of 5.7 Gbps and ultra-low latency of 3 millisecond. The technology also showcased featured 5G use cases and live demonstration of essential technologies on the road to 5G like Gigabit LTE (1 GBPS download speeds) with License Assisted Access (LAA) technology. The LAA live demo highlights how this technology can leverage wireless network resources using higher frequency bands on small cell architecture.

Ericsson’s new 5G platform comprises the 5G core, radio and transport portfolios, together with digital support systems, transformation services and security. Other technology innovations presented in the showcase included advancements in Radio Network Evolution, 5G Ready Transport and Network Slicing.

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