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Ericsson stresses early bird 5G advantage

India Insights Asia-Pac CTO urges India to expedite commercial trials to help build user cases.

, ET Bureau|
Sep 25, 2019, 11.26 PM IST
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NEW DELHI: Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson has urged India to quickly start work on 5G technology, including commercial trials, to build country-specific use cases and reap benefits of the early mover’s advantage.

“5G is alive and kicking now and industries are moving into it. Please make sure that Indian industry can start to reap the benefits of 5G early. That will be good for India, good for life inside of India and good for Indian companies exporting from India,” Magnus Ewerbring, chief technology officer (Asia-Pacific) at Ericsson, told ET.

India plans to kick-start commercial fifth-generation technology deployments from next year, but it has missed a 100-day deadline to start 5G field trials in the country.

“Another key thing (for telecom operators) is the early mover’s advantage. As you start to work with it and mature yourself, you mature your organisation… I would encourage India to think a lot on how they would like to embrace the new technology, especially now that industry interest is coming into it,” said Ewerbring.

Ericsson is engaging with a number of companies across the world to gather knowledge on how they operate and what the potential is.

“As we progress, we are there to provide solutions for it and our approach then is to do so through our telco partners,” said Ewerbring.

Asked whether Indian telcos or vendors are collaborating with industries for local 5G needs, he said all countries can do a lot more. “I say so because we are at the beginning.

5G as a thing was really launched for commercial usage in early April and so we are just embarking on the journey. So, no country is mature here,” he said.

He said that if telcos start to learn early, they can get insights early and then accordingly mature in terms of 5G readiness. “For anyone I’d say… time to join the bandwagon is now,” he said.

Indian telcos are planning to use 3.5 GHz spectrum band for 5G service in India with non-standalone or NSA architecture. In the future, they plan to use the millimetre wave band as well to offer services home broadband.

“3.5 Gigahertz is being discussed here and it is a global band. And that’s great; it is a very common band. 28 GHz is also very common, and I think over time that might come here,” said Ewerbring.

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