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In order to be ready for 5G, we need to work on proper optical fiber connectivity and bandwidth: TRAI

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NEW DELHI: 5G is a very important technological development and a combination of Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, cloud services and data explosion will lead us to a completely different domain of 5G deliberated S.K Gupta (ITS), Secretary, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in an interactive webinar organized by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry on ‘5G Technology: India’s Journey Post COVID’.

Gupta spoke about how telecom has become a vital backbone of our economy and even the development of a country’s GDP depends on it. He mentioned that fast deployment of 5G is required and enhanced mobile broadband, latency applications etc will lead to better adoption as people are more than ready for it.

Throwing light on some of the challenges & precautions that we need to take in order to adopt 5G, Mr. Gupta further added that data privacy and data security are needed to be taken care of so as to avoid misuse of data. In order to be ready for 5G, we need to work on proper optical fiber connectivity and bandwidth. 5G would be a collaborative effort of system integrators, device manufacturers, OEMs, TSPs, ISPs etc, said Gupta.

Amit Marwah, Head of Marketing & Corporate Affairs, Nokia India in his presentation spoke about how this year has given a new meaning to data growth and on the impact of COVID-19 on 2020 network traffic trends.

He also elaborated on how homes & business are connected with 5G by getting home broadband for gaming and HD videos, serving ‘ultra-broadband’ to areas where fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) is uneconomical and connecting small and medium businesses with guaranteed reliability for business-critical applications. He also mentioned as to how automation and robotics driven use-cases are emerging from the pandemic in the field of manufacturing, healthcare, retail, autonomous vehicles and video analytics.

Marwah emphasized on the fact that for digital transformation we need to prepare for big changes; address the digital skill gap and then ride the wave. He also said that 5G technology will lead to the acceleration of Industry 4.0.

Sandeep Aggarwal, Mentor, Telecom Committee, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry while giving an overview about the evolution of technology in the world, catering to the needs and growing demands of the public, mentioned that post COVID-19, we have understood that digital is the way forward and how we are improving our capability to assimilate information in a better way. We need to develop our infrastructure, increase the towers and increase the installation of fiber kilometers so that the connectivity reaches every part of the country. He encouraged foreign private investors and telecom players to invest in technology in India.

Anil Khaitan, Former President, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry mentioned that the pandemic has transformed consumer behaviour and habits & how people have started to rely completely on digital solutions now. Work and entertainment have become virtual and companies have to adapt to this to provide digital experience to its customers employees.

He added that 5G will be a key driver for the Indian industry towards a better future and to be able to compete and succeed globally. It will help drive sustainable economic growth and define India’s next decade of innovation. The pandemic has accelerated the demand for connectivity with consumers and professionals, relying on high quality and high-speed internet performance. 5G could be critical in enabling businesses to maintain operations and remain resilient & agile in the phase of any future destruction, said Mr. Anil Khaitan.

Alok Mukherjee, Co-Chairman, Telecom Committee, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry delivered the formal vote of thanks to the panellists for their insightful thoughts and views on 5G Technology. He said that 5G will change the way we interact with technology & would not only guarantee higher data capacity and speed, but also provide the capacity to connect billions of devices. He also added that digitalization has also made digital entrepreneurship possible and accelerated the e-commerce industry.

The webinar was moderated by Dr. Yogesh Srivastav, Principal Director, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry and was also attended by Prof N.K Goyal, Chairman E TEMA and President CMAI along with many senior member of PHD Chamber, senior embassy officials and stalwarts from the telecom industry.In order to be ready for 5G, we need to work on proper optical fiber connectivity and bandwidth: TRAI

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Nokia selected by T-2 Slovenia in five-year 5G deal as sole supplier

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NEW DELHI: Nokia today announced that it has been selected as the sole vendor by Slovenia’s T-2 in a five-year deal to supply equipment from its comprehensive AirScale 5G portfolio.

The new deal will see Nokia upgrade T-2’s existing Single RAN radio footprint as well as introduce enhanced 5G new radio (NR) services. The project is expected to deliver ultra-fast, low-latency, and high-capacity 5G connectivity delivering superior coverage to businesses and consumers alike.

Nokia will provide equipment from its latest AirScale radio portfolio, all powered by Nokia’s energy-efficient ReefShark System-on-Chip technology. This includes 5G RAN, AirScale base stations, and Nokia AirScale radio access products including its Single RAN portfolio for both indoor and outdoor coverage. These solutions will offer faster speeds and wider mobile coverage. Nokia will also provide digital design and deployment for a faster time to market as well as optimization and technical support services.

T-2 is one of the largest telecommunications providers in Slovenia and recently secured frequencies in the 2100 MHz and 2300 MHz bands at Slovenia’s spectrum auction. Nokia is a long-standing provider and key strategic supplier to T-2.

Jozef Zrimsek, CTO at T-2, said: “This important project will enhance the delivery of compelling new 5G services and use cases to our subscribers across the country. We are excited to expand our partnership with Nokia.”

Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said: “We are proud to expand our partnership with T-2 into the 5G era as their sole vendor. Our latest AirScale portfolio will help support T-2’s ambitious 5G roll-out plans and deliver incredible connectivity experiences across the country.”

 

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Private sector to play prominent role leveraging technologies like 5G and Satellite communication

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NEW DELHI: Private sector to play prominent role leveraging technologies like 5G and Satellite communication to help in reaching the hinterland more effectively and efficiently said Alok Chaturvedi, CEO, CSC Wi-Fi Choupal Service India, MeiTY.

He mentioned that today there are about 3.76 lakh CSC centres in the country covering all Gram Panchayats and important villages run by a village level entrepreneur, a change agent, who could be an individual or an organization promoting rural entrepreneurship and rural employment opportunities. He opined, government has to ensure that quality broadband internet services are availing to the residents in Gram Panchayats and Villages.

Umang Das, Summit Chairman and Chairman, Foreign Investors India Forum in his address said that Govt and the private sector to weave an unpreceded wave of digitisation that will drive Industry 4.0 and significantly improve the day-to-day lives of a billion Indians. The telecom sector is at of the cusp of transformation and Indian tech companies can attract global investors who’ve burnt their hands in Chinese tech companies added by Mr Das.

Peeyush Vaish, Partner & Telecom Leader, Deloitte India in theme introduction mentioned that Convergence amongst the telecom ecosystem with the power of technology will pave the way for bridging the urban−rural divide across sectors, including banking, healthcare and education.

CII -Deloitte paper launched, called “Digital Reset – Touching a billion Indians” aptly highlights the relevance of technological advancements like 5G technology that are poised to act as a key enabler and contributor to the success of the enterprise business and easing the lives of the common man.

In his address, Amit Marwah, Head of Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Nokia India said, 5G will be a huge leap towards a connected digital society adding value beyond connectivity to economy as well as deliver social impact. He also said that the government, regulators and the telecom industry in India need to collaborate on initiatives that will facilitate faster 5G roll-out and adoption, to accelerate socio-economic growth.

Speaking at the conference, P Balaji Summit Co-Chairman and Chief Regulatory & Corporate Affairs Officer, Vodafone India said that with 5G on the anvil, IoT and AI will unleash the next digital revolution helping India meet our trillion dollar digital economy goal in the coming years.

“The telecom sector and our network warriors have catalysed the economy in the last 18 months and has fast-tracked digital adoption at an unprecedented scale, both at individual and organizational level and provided a robust platform for the digital society enabling Healthcare, Education, e-Commerce, Fintech and Manufacturing to deliver services to consumers and enterprises highlighted by Balaji.

Space open for Industry further would excite everyone for the future growth translate the potential of IoT into tangible benefits on the ground said by Dr Rishi M Bhatnagar, President, Aeries communications India in his address. IoT projects through solutions would meet various end uses such as improving supply chain efficiency, enhancing customer experience, tracking and monitoring assets, improving logistics and empowering smart cities through a bouquet of solutions added by Dr Bhatnagar.

Peeyush Vaish, Partner & Telecom Leader, Deloitte India in theme introduction mentioned that “ Convergence amongst the telecom ecosystem with the power of technology will pave the way for bridging the urban−rural divide across sectors, including banking, healthcare, and education. CII-Deloitte paper report launched, called “Digital Reset – Touching a billion Indians” aptly highlights the relevance of technological advancements like 5G technology that are poised to act as a key enabler and contributor to the success of the enterprise business and easing the lives of the common man.

As the industry transcends from ‘digital-first’ to ‘digital-throughout’, technology will play a critical role in creating a ubiquitous presence amongst consumers and diversify revenue streams for enterprises moving “beyond connectivity” built strategically with the strong support and commitment from the GOI towards sustainable growth of the nation”. said by Mr Vaish.

The virtual summit aimed to provide a platform for telecom players to discuss the relevance of technological advancements like 5G technology that are poised to act as a key enabler and contributor to the success of the enterprise. The conference saw speakers from Quadgen, Ericsson,COAI, Bharti Airtel and others.The summit was attended by over 175 participants

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Nokia deploys shared 5G network with SoftBank, KDDI in Japan

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NEW DELHI: Nokia has announced that it has been selected by Japanese mobile operators, SoftBank Corp. (SoftBank) and KDDI as one of the vendors to deploy Japan’s shared RAN.

This deployment will deliver 5G services to both SoftBank and KDDI subscribers in the country.

Nokia will install a Multi-Operator Radio Access Network (MORAN), which will allow both companies to share the RAN while keeping core networks separate. Network sharing helps support efficient RAN deployments as base station sites and infrastructure (equipment) are shared.

Under the deal, Nokia will supply its latest AirScale products including baseband and radio platforms. Nokia’s MORAN is triple mode and covers LTE, 5G as well as Dynamic Spectrum Sharing. In particular, Nokia will provide its new generation of ReefShark System-on-Chip based plug-in cards to increase the capacity of the AirScale baseband.

The new ReefShark-powered plug-in cards are easily installed and simplify the upgrade and extended operation of all AirScale deployments. They also deliver up to eight times more throughput compared to previous generations. Nokia’s modular AirScale baseband will enable SoftBank and KDDI to scale capacity flexibly and efficiently and as their 5G business evolves.

MORAN is a way for mobile operators to share radio access network infrastructure, reduce their costs, expand the coverage of their networks and achieve an efficient and effective roll-out of new technologies. The RAN uses dedicated radio frequencies assigned to each service provider ensuring they maintain independent control of their resources. Nokia supports a range of network sharing solutions suiting all operating scenarios. Nokia’s flexible MORAN solution can also be utilized by mobile operators and enterprises for private networks, as well as public networks or industrial campuses.

Tomohiro Sekiwa, Senior Vice President and CNO, SoftBank, said: “In order to deliver the best 5G experience to customers nationwide as quickly as possible, SoftBank is working with KDDI to develop a shared 5G network. In this effort, a Multi-Operator Radio Access Network is a key technology that will bring various efficiencies and we look forward to the high performance of Nokia’s products in this regard.”

Tatsuo Sato, Vice President and Managing Officer, Technology Planning, KDDI, said: “We are pleased to work closely with both Nokia and SoftBank to accelerate 5G network deployment across Japan. With this Multi-Operator Radio Access Network, we anticipate delivering the superior unique experiences of 5G to customers faster.”

Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said: “Nokia has been at the forefront of network sharing around the world since the deployment of the world’s first commercial shared network. We have a long-standing partnership with both SoftBank and KDDI and are excited to work collaboratively with them on this project. Our latest AirScale solutions will be utilized, including the new baseband plug-in cards to add capacity where it is needed and deliver best-in-class 5G connectivity to their customers.”

 

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