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STL, ASOCS demonstrate RAN Intelligent Controller at O-RAN ALLIANCE plugfest

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NEW DELHI: Digital networks integrator Sterlite Technologies Ltd (STL) said that it demonstrated the power of open source networks at India’s first plugfest for the O-RAN ALLIANCE hosted by Bharti Airtel.

STL and ASOCS partnered together at the event, to demonstrate mobility load balancing with near real time RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) and O-RAN E2 interface testing of RIC. Bharti Airtel hosted this global plugfest for O-RAN ALLIANCE in the India region to demonstrate the increasing maturity of O-RAN solutions.

With the increasing need of wireless networks to support scale, latency and agility across consumer and enterprise networks, there is an ongoing drive for building open source radio networks. Such networks will enable 4G and upcoming 5G networks to handle and balance a much higher amount of load in the network with centralized and virtualized controls through software-defined networks.

STL and ASOCS demonstrated RAN Intelligent controller (RIC) interworking with Open-eNodeB (O-eNB). Scope included demonstrating Mobile Load Balancing (MLB) and E2 setup and subscriptions as per the O-RAN standard. The MLB handled from the edge of the network through RIC platform is helpful in steering the traffic to improve network efficiency in an O-RAN based network architecture.

“This is an incredible feat in establishing RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) platform on a fully virtualized 4G/5G stack with ASOCS”, said Rajesh Gangadhar, CTO, Access Solutions, STL.

He further added, “The demos delivered to the O-RAN community truly demonstrates the different possible scenarios of 4G/5G networks could be deployed with open and disaggregated RAN and will no doubt help operators expedite commercial 5G enterprise and macro network rollouts.”

“We are proud of this achievement made possible by our close and intensive work with our strategic partner – STL”, said Gilad Garon, CEO of ASOCS.

“The demonstrations of intelligent RAN based on O-RAN standards in India plugfest hosted by Bharti Airtel is yet another step in the unbundling of macro networks worldwide and has specific significance in India’s quest for “made in India” cellular networks starting with 4G (LTE) and moving on the same foundation to 5G,” Garon added.

Remarking on the advanced approach of the STL-ASOCS demo at the Plugfest, Randeep Sekhon, CTO at Bharti Airtel said, “We are pleased to partner with the O-RAN community. We believe this engagement and the recent India Plugfest will contribute further to building 5G systems with open network architecture.”

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Nokia modernizes Subisu’s optical network for high-speed broadband across Nepal

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NEW DELHI: Nokia today announced that it had been selected by Subisu, a leading service provider in Nepal, to modernize the 1500 kilometers long backbone network spread across East and West Nepal.

In a first-of-its-kind initiative in Nepal, Nokia has deployed its 400G single fiber solution to provide ultra-high-speed broadband to Subisu’s retail and enterprise subscribers.

Nokia’s solution allows Subisu to address the growing bandwidth requirement and break into new market segments. Subisu’s customers will be able to use high-capacity applications and experience an overall improvement in the quality of services.

Nokia 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) platform offering Photonic Service Engine (PSE) enabled 400G single fiber, bidirectional Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) solution is now deployed across the country. This is the first operation of such a solution anywhere.

Nokia’s 400G single fiber solution significantly improves fiber capacity and helps Subisu enhance network resilience and reach while optimizing capex and reducing opex. The solution allows Subisu to easily scale the network to provide multi-terabits of capacity over a single fiber.

Binaya Saud, CEO, Subisu, said: “We have been working with Nokia for a long time now, and their industry-leading products and solutions are helping us provide best-in-class broadband services to our subscribers. Nokia was the sole vendor for this important project, and its solutions are enabling us to grow our subscriber base and provide a superior experience to our existing customers even as we future-proof our investments.”

Vinish Bawa, Head of Emerging Markets, India, Nokia, said: “Our field-proven 1830 PSS solution is enabling service providers, like Subisu, to meet the growing capacity demand even as they enhance customer experience. We are pleased with the successful and timely completion of this crucial project to modernize Subisu’s optical network, and we look forward to working with them in the future.”

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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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