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Vi offers 5G experience for its users



NEW DELHI: Leading telecom operator, Vi, is bringing Live 5G experience for its users at the mega industry event, India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2022 being held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. With the launch of 5G in India by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on Day 1 of the industry conference, Vi has now invited all its users in Delhi to experience the next-gen 5G technology at the event.

Vi believes 5G will catalyse digital economy growth by ushering industry 4.0 for enterprise efficiency and productivity, and provide for smarter and safer solutions for our cities, businesses and citizens. 5G can bring transformational impact in various areas such as Agriculture, Education and Healthcare, significantly accelerating the socio-economic development of the country.

Through partnerships with ecosystem players, Vi has developed diverse range of India-specific use cases for enterprises and consumers of tomorrow. Vi is also giving a glimpse of 5G services to its users through a range of exciting experiences with Cloud Gaming, VR, 5G Run among others at IMC 2022 in addition to showcasing the use cases related to Health, Safety and Security.

According to Akshaya Moondra, CEO, Vodafone Idea Limited, “Vi is ready for the next journey of growth with 5G technology, where a connected world with limitless digital solutions will soon be the new norm. Vi 5G technology solutions showcase a whole new world of limitless possibilities across various domains, promising a new era of technology advancement in India. With the progressive roll out of Vi 5G network and services over the next few years, I am confident that our 5G solutions will bring a better tomorrow that will transform customer experience, enhance business performance, and positively impact people, driving digital economy growth in the country.”

To further strengthen its enterprise offerings and provide new opportunities for business growth in the emerging 5G era, Vi is showcasing a range of futuristic solutions for enterprises. These include – Connected Healthcare, a revolutionary innovation that will transform how future emergency medical assistance is delivered by connecting patients, remote medical experts and ambulance workers in real time, in partnership with L&T Smart World; Worker Safety with Digital Twin that leverages the power of 5G to create a digital twin of an under-ground construction site to ensure Worker Safety through real-time remote supervision, in partnership with Athonet, a leading technology provider of private mobile networks and Tata Communications Transformation Services (TCTS); Private Network solution to cater to the growing connectivity requirements at large facilities through a credible real-world deployment use case with L&T Smart World and Nokia; Public Safety using 5G network and AI in partnership with L&T Smart World; IoT Autonomous Guided Vehicle (AGV); among others.

Vi’s IMC showcases also include technology use cases for social transformation including SmartAgri, a revolutionary deployment for agriculture sector using IoT, sensors, Cloud and AI to provide precise, real-time and localised farm advisories to small and marginal farmers and enhance their livelihood; and Gurushala, a cloud-based collaborative knowledge exchange platform for teachers and students.

Reinventing consumer experience, Vi is showcasing Immersive Mobile 5G Cloud Gaming along with CareGame which aims to leverage the super speed, robust connections, and low latency of 5G to facilitate a smooth cloud gaming experience to its mobile gaming enthusiasts; Immersive Experience for users to access variety of content through high resolution and life like experience of any tourist/ historical/ adventure locations & events from anywhere via 360° VR; and other exciting games such as Vi Amazing Hunt and Vi Speed Run allowing Vi users on 5G devices to experience the technology.

To drive 5G ecosystem development in the country for faster adoption of services, Vi has partnered with leading device OEMs namely Samsung, OnePlus, Oppo, Vivo, Realme and is engaged with other large OEMs to have Vi 5G provisioned for its users in time for market roll out.


Apple rolls out beta programme for iPhones to enable 5G services




NEW DELHI: Apple Inc has rolled out a beta programme to enable 5G on Apple devices as the upgrade lets users try out pre-release software.

This software upgrade enables 5G access on Apple devices, as and when service providers Jio, Airtel and Vodafone enable 5G network access, sources said.

Apple Users have to enrol for the Beta Programme on the website, install a profile and download the software.

Jio users using iPhone 12 and above, in cities where JioTrue5G has been rolled out, will be invited to the Jio Welcome Offer. Jio Welcome Offer provides unlimited 5G data at up to 1 Gbps speed to users at no additional cost. However, there is a condition that prepaid users must be on active Rs 239 and above plan. All Postpaid users are eligible for this trial.

Airtel is not providing any special 5G offer like Jio to their users. In the cities/areas in which the Airtel 5G network has been launched, users can trial 5G services as a part of their existing plan, once they have updated the latest Apple Beta software.

While an email sent to Apple did not solicit an immediate response, the firm had last month stated: “We are working with our carrier partners in India to bring the best 5G experience to iPhone users as soon as network validation and testing for quality and performance is completed. 5G will be enabled via a software update and will start rolling out to iPhone users in December”.

Airtel and Jio customers on iPhone 14, iPhone 13, iPhone 12 and iPhone SE (3rd generation) models can experience 5G as part of Apple’s iOS 16 Beta Software Program. The Apple Beta Software Program is open to anyone with a valid Apple ID who accepts the Apple Beta Software Program Agreement during the sign-up process.

If a user has an iCloud account, that is an Apple ID, it is recommended they use that. If they do not have an iCloud account or any other Apple ID, they can create one.

Customers who want to try the beta software should back up their iPhones before installing the beta software. It is recommended to install the beta software only on non-production devices that are not business-critical. Users can also provide feedback to Apple on quality and usability, which helps Apple identify issues, fix them, and make Apple software even better.

The iOS beta comes with the built-in Feedback Assistant app, which can be opened from the Home screen on the iPhone or iPad or from the Dock on the Mac.

Source: Press Trust of India


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5G service revenue to reach $315 billion globally in 2023



NEW DELHI: A new study from Juniper Research has found that operator‑billed 5G service revenue will reach $315 billion in 2023; rising from $195 billion in 2022. This represents growth of over 60% in a single year.

The research predicts this increase in revenue will be driven by the accelerating migration of cellular subscriptions to 5G networks; owing to operator strategies that minimise or remove any premium over existing 4G subscription offerings. It forecasts that over 600 million new 5G subscriptions will be created next year, despite the anticipated economic downturn in 2023.

– To find out more, see the new report: 5G Monetisation: Business Models, Strategic Recommendations & Market Forecasts 2022-2027

– Download the free whitepaper: 5G: Where is the Money?

5G Service Revenue to Represent 80% of Global Operator Revenue by 2027

The report predicts that the growth of 5G networks will continue, and over 80% of global operator‑billed revenue will be attributable to 5G connections by 2027. The telecommunications industry demonstrated its robustness against the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the report projects that the growth of 5G will also be resilient against this economic downturn; owing to the vital importance of mobile Internet connectivity today.

Research co-author Olivia Williams noted: “Despite the growth of the Internet of Things, revenue from consumer connections will continue to be the cornerstone of 5G operator revenue increase. Over 95% of global 5G connections in 2027 will be connected personal devices such as smartphones, tablets and mobile broadband routers.”

Private Networks Represent a Key Opportunity for Operators

In addition, the report predicts that the ability of standalone 5G networks to offer ‘network slicing’ will act as the ideal platform for the growth of 5G private network revenue. Standalone 5G uses next‑generation core networks supporting network slicing technology, which can be used to take a ‘slice’ of public 5G infrastructure and provide it to private network users. In turn, this helps mitigate the cost of private 5G network hardware and increase its overall value proposition, all against a background of deteriorating macro-economic conditions.

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Nokia wins multi-year deal with Reliance Jio India to build one of the largest 5G networks in the world



NEW DELHI: Nokia has announced that it has been selected as a major supplier by Reliance Jio to supply 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) equipment from its comprehensive AirScale portfolio countrywide in a multi-year deal. Reliance Jio is India’s number one mobile operator and has one of the largest RAN footprints in the world.

Under the contract, Nokia will supply equipment from its AirScale portfolio, including base stations, high-capacity 5G Massive MIMO antennas, and Remote Radio Heads (RRH) to support different spectrum bands, and self-organizing network software. Reliance Jio plans to deploy a 5G standalone network which will interwork with its 4G network. The network will enable Reliance Jio to deliver advanced 5G services such as massive machine-to-machine communications, network slicing, and ultra-low-latency.

Akash Ambani, Chairman Reliance Jio, commented: “We are pleased to be working with Nokia for our 5G SA deployment in India. Jio is committed to continuously investing in the latest network technologies to enhance the experience of all of its customers. We are confident that our partnership with Nokia will deliver one of the most advanced 5G networks globally.”

Pekka Lundmark, President and CEO at Nokia stated: “This is a significant win for Nokia in an important market and a new customer with one of the largest RAN footprints in the world. This ambitious project will introduce millions of people across India to premium 5G services, enabled by our industry-leading AirScale portfolio. We are proud that Reliance Jio has placed its trust in our technology and we look forward to a long and productive partnership with them.”

Nokia has a long-standing presence in India. This new deal will mean that Nokia is now supplying India’s three largest mobile operators.

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