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5G tech safe; concerns around health consequences misplaced: COAI

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NEW DELHI: Industry body COAI has said that any concern around adverse impact of 5G on health is “totally misplaced”, and all evidence available supports that the next-generation technology is safe.

The Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI) asserted that 5G would prove to be a “game changer” and lead to “exponential increase in benefits” for the economy and society.

The association – which represents large telcos like Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea – argued that India already has strict norms in place and prescribed standards for electromagnetic radiation limit in telecom sector is far more stringent than global-accepted standards.

“Radiation permitted in India is one-tenth of what is accepted globally so already our systems have taken this into account…Any notion or concern about radiation and impact are misplaced. These are fallacious fears and this always happens whenever a new technology is introduced,” S P Kochhar, Director General, COAI told PTI.

The Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed actress Juhi Chawla’s lawsuit challenging the setting up of 5G wireless networks in the country and slapped a fine of Rs 20 lakh on her and co-petitioners by describing the plea as “defective”, “abuse of process of law” and filed for “gaining publicity”.

Justice J R Midha said the plaintiffs — Chawla and two others — have abused and misused the process of law and wasted the court’s time. The judge said the plaint in which questions have been raised about health hazards due to the 5G technology was “not maintainable” and was “stuffed with unnecessary Scandalous, frivolous and vexatious averments” which are liable to be struck down.

COAI’s Kochhar welcomed the court’s decision and said “it puts to rest motivated rumour mongering that was doing the rounds” and would set the pace for others to “desist from such misadventures”.

It may be recalled that last month, the industry association had slammed false information and rumours linking 5G technology with the spread of COVID-19 and had dismissed the unsubstantiated and unverified claims in this regard.

The COAI had said it came across multiple messages on social media platforms mentioning 5G spectrum trials as the probable cause of rising cases of COVID-19. Kochhar said that since the public outreach by the industry and Department of Telecom, such messages “have gone down drastically”.

Source: Press Trust of India

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Capgemini joins hands with Ericsson to support client innovation at its 5G Lab for Industries in India

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NEW DELHI: Capgemini has strengthened its collaboration with Ericsson to accelerate the deployment of 5G solutions, a key component of Intelligent Industry.

As part of their ongoing collaboration, Capgemini has deployed the 5G (standalone) Industry Connect solution from Ericsson at its 5G Lab in Mumbai[2] to enable industry innovation, experimentation and deployment of 5G and Edge technologies for clients across industries.

As 5G is bringing a step-change in connectivity, services automation, autonomous devices and applications across every industry, Capgemini’s 5G Labs for Industries are designed to help organizations from across sectors to pivot their business towards Intelligent Industry.

The multidisciplinary team of experts at the Lab will accompany and support organizations in their exploration of the latest use cases; experiencing new perspectives on how 5G is transforming their industry; and in helping them to build, monetize, and strategize what 5G brings next for their business.

Ericsson has deployed its Industry Connect solution at the 5G Lab. Ericsson Industry Connect is a plug and play, pre-packaged and pre-integrated dedicated network product with Ericsson pre-selected components. This solution can be deployed by industry customers requiring a fully private (i.e., on-premise) deployment for limited coverage areas, for example, in manufacturing or warehousing. In the 5G Lab, it will enable enterprises across different industry verticals like health, safety, manufacturing test out 5G use cases that can be applied by the industry.

Spread over 1300 sq. ft, Capgemini’s 5G Lab in Mumbai is a state-of-the-art facility that offers an agile and collaborative environment, which leverages best-of-breed technologies on network, cloud, edge computing, hardware and software solutions, in compliance with local regulations. The Lab will support Capgemini’s global clients in 5G end-to-end transformation through three main offerings:

5G & Edge ideation catalyst program for 5G immersion and opportunity framing
5G & Edge use case acceleration platform to implement business use cases on a pre-packaged platform
5G & Edge Fab Lab to setup capabilities to operate a client-exclusive 5G Lab

Ashwin Yardi, Chief Executive Officer – India, at Capgemini and member of the Group Executive Committee said “The Capgemini 5G Lab offers a “ready to use” platform for our customers to ideate, innovate and deploy use cases as they adopt new technologies which will enable them to accelerate their digital transformation journey towards Intelligent Industry. This 5G lab will support our global clients and cater to four main industry categories namely Smart Factory, Smart Utilities, Smart City and Smart Retail to enhance the relevance of the Lab’s use cases in the multisectoral paradigm”.

Nadine Allen, Head of Enterprise Business, Ericsson South East Asia, Oceania and India, said “Industry Connect is a secure, easy to install, easy to manage turnkey Industry 4.0 solution providing 4G LTE as well as the latest 5G standalone cellular technology. We are delighted to collaborate with Capgemini to set up this 5G Lab in India to test potential 5G use cases for enterprises as the country prepares to launch 5G.”

Capgemini has a strong existing portfolio of use cases across industries and the 5G Lab offers live demos for some of those plus many more that are in development with global clients.

These include:

Autonomous Intralogistics AIV
A customized Autonomous Intralogistics AIV (Automated Intelligent Vehicle) and a software solution deployed through 5G network and distributed intelligence achieved by cloud-edge architecture. This helps in real-time decisions that lets the vehicle navigate autonomously and reach a destination point, dynamically re-routing itself when faced with obstacles. Such solutions can be deployed across multiple sectors including smart factories, smart retail, and smart cities.

 

Smart Health
A real-time teleultrasound solution supported by a 5G network and AI that performs preliminary diagnosis for remote doctor assistance. This provides primary health centers with the platform capabilities to optimize patient health checks delivering multiple remote healthcare benefits.

Smart Surveillance for Worker Safety
A real-time surveillance solution enabled by 5G/Edge that performs intelligent monitoring and analysis to track and report security breach, fatalities, and other safety incidents through dashboards and real-time alerts to factory command and control center. Such solutions can be deployed at smart factories and smart buildings.

Smart Retail
A 5G enabled AR platform that helps customers to digitally test products to assist in buying decisions. Such solutions can be deployed in sectors such as fashion, retail, education, media and telehealth.

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Nokia selected by Net4Mobility for 5G expansion

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NEW DELHI: Nokia today announced that it has been selected by Net4Mobility, the joint venture between Swedish mobile operators, Tele2 and Telenor, to roll out commercial 5G services across significant areas of Sweden in a five-year deal.

Nokia will supply equipment from its comprehensive AirScale portfolio helping Net4Mobility to deliver game-changing ultra-high-speed, low-latency, and highly secure 5G connectivity to its subscribers.

The move will also enable a range of new use cases across Industry 4.0, entertainment, cloud gaming, transportation, education, and healthcare. Nokia will replace the incumbent vendor with deployment already underway.

The deal will improve legacy 4G performance while increasing capacity with 5G services introduced at the majority of sites within awarded areas. Net4Mobility will also take advantage of the 3.5 GHz spectrum band, ideal for dense urban coverage.

Nokia will replace the incumbent vendor’s 4G network and it is also expected that a significant number of new sites will be added every year. Nokia’s secure and future-proofed solutions will also ensure Net4Mobility’s network meets industry standards for security.

Net4Mobility, which was formed in 2009 to support the deployment of 2G and 4G networks, is Sweden’s largest RAN network and carries approximately 60 percent of network traffic in the country. Its 4G network covers 90 percent of the country and 99.9 percent of the population. The collaboration will continue with the development of a 5G network. Nokia has previously been selected by both Tele2 and Telenor for its cloud core network.

Nokia will supply equipment from its comprehensive AirScale portfolio, including AirScale Base Stations, AirScale massive MIMO Adaptive Antenna solutions as well as other radio access network (RAN) solutions and state-of-the-art tools to drive operational efficiency. Nokia will also provide professional services, including integration, implementation, and network optimization services, as well as technical support for operations and maintenance.”

Jonas Edén, CTO of Telenor Sweden, said: “We continue to expand our 5G offer to our subscribers in Sweden. 5G is already available in our biggest cities and we aim to offer the service to 99.9% of Sweden’s population by the end of 2023. We are delighted to extend our partnership with Nokia and have them as one of our vendors going into the 5G era with an emphasis on quality and innovation.”

Yogesh Malik, CTIO of Tele2, commented: “I am very pleased that we can now begin the broad rollout of 5G in Sweden. The new generation network will mean a significant improvement for consumers and enable innovation, automation, and higher efficiency for companies.”

Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said: “We are proud to be selected as a key supplier to modernize Telenor and Tele2’s existing network infrastructure and help shape their 5G future in Sweden. This deal demonstrates Nokia’s continued momentum for both radio and 5G across Scandinavia and the Baltic region. Nokia has broad experience of network sharing and we are thrilled to bring our solutions to the largest network in Sweden and deliver the best possible 5G coverage to their customers.”

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Telecom Service Providers to start 5G trials in different locations across India

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NEW DELHI: The Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Government of India, approved today, permissions to Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) for conducting trials for use and applications of 5G technology. The applicant TSPs include Bharti Airtel Ltd., Reliance JioInfocomm Ltd., Vodafone Idea Ltd. and MTNL.

These TSPs have tied up with original equipment manufacturers and technology providers which are Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung and C-DOT. In addition, Reliance JioInfocomm Ltd. will also be conducting trials using its own indigenous technology.

The permissions have been given by DoT as per the priorities and technology partners identified by TSPs themselves. The experimental spectrum is being given in various bands which include the mid-band (3.2 GHz to 3.67 GHz), millimeter wave band (24.25 GHz to 28.5 GHz) and in Sub-Gigahertz band (700 GHz). TSPs will also be permitted to use their existing spectrum owned by them (800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2500 MHz) for conduct of 5G trials.

The duration of the trials, at present, is for a period of 6 months. This includes a time period of 2 months for procurement and setting up of the equipment.

The permission letters specify that each TSP will have to conduct trials in rural and semi-urban settings also in addition to urban settings so that the benefit of 5G Technology proliferates across the country and is not confined only tourban areas.

The TSPs are encouraged to conduct trials using 5Gi technology in addition to the already known 5G Technology. It will be recalled that International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has also approved the 5Gi technology, which was advocated by India, as it facilitates much larger reach of the 5G towers and Radio networks.The 5Gi technology has been developed by IIT Madras, Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology (CEWiT) and IIT Hyderabad.

The objectives of conducting 5G trials include testing 5G spectrum propagation characteristics especially in the Indian context; model tuning and evaluation of chosen equipment andvendors; testing of indigenous technology; testing of applications (such as tele-medicine, tele-education, augmented/ virtual reality, drone-based agricultural monitoring, etc.);and to test 5G phones and devices.

5G technology is expected to deliver improved user experience in terms of data download rates (expected to be 10 times that of 4G), up to three times greater spectrum efficiency, and ultra low latency to enable Industry 4.0. Applications are across a wide range of sectors such as agriculture, education, health, transport, traffic management, smart cities, smart homes, and multiple applications of IOT (Internet of Things).

DoT has specified that the trials will be isolated and not connected with the existing networks of TSPs. Trials will be on non-commercial basis.

The data generated during the trials shall be stored in India. TSPs are also expected to facilitate the testing of the indigenously developed use cases and equipment as part of the trials. One hundred applications/ use cases selected by DoT after conducting the recent Hackathon on 5G applications can also be facilitated in these trials.

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