“Ericsson First 5G Launch in India”  

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NEW DELHI, 17th November 2017   Ericsson brings the “First ever “LIVE demonstration of 5G to INDIA with an aim to fast-track the realization of Digital India initiative, (MoU) to jointly roll out a “5G for India” programme. Global communications technology leader Ericsson today showcased the first-ever live 5G end-to-en demonstration in India at New Delhi the whole live demonstration is well managed and performed at TAJ MAHAL HOTEL New Delhi.

The whole press conference hosted and lead By the 3 main faces of this program Mr Nunzio  Mirtillo , Head of Marketing Area – SE Oceania and India , ERIC EKUDDIEN – Group CTO , Ericsson  &  Nitin Bansal  – Managing Director Ericsson India .Programme focus on demonstration of delivering research, innovation and industrial pilots that use next-generation 5G networks as an enabler. It will help initiate cross-industry research collaborations focused on the integration of ICT in industry processes, products and services,” Paolo Colella, Head of Region India at Ericsson, said in a statement. Swedish communication technology firm Ericsson and IIT – Delhi signed a memorandum of understanding

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly roll out a ‘5G for India’ program. Ericsson will set up a Center of Excellence with a 5G test bed and incubation center at IIT Delhi and use this facility to drive the development of the country’s 5G ecosystem. This program has been conceptualized to fast-track realization of Digital India initiatives and aid application development for Indian start-ups and industries.

In addition to hosting the Centre of Excellence, IIT Delhi will conduct research and development to explore how some of the country’s challenges can be addressed with mobile technologies.

The first series of tests under this program are due to begin in the second half of 2017 and will place India on par with other developed countries in terms of 5G network and application deployment. Globally, limited deployment and 5G trials are expected to start by mid-2018 while commercial availability is slated for 2020.

Bharti Airtel, India’s leading telco has intensified its efforts on the 5G front, and to fully prepare itself for the newer technology, has now joined hands with Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson

Under the agreement, Ericsson will help Bharti Airtel create a strategic roadmap for network evolution to the 5G technology standard. The Swedish telecom gear maker will also provide its 5G related technology to demonstrate capabilities, and help the telco identify use cases around the new technology.

The agreement between both companies was signed last week , Sweden. Bharti Airtel’s chairman Sunil Mittal, key top executives including Abhay Savargaonkar, Director- Networks Services (India & South Asia), flew to Sweden to ink the agreement..
Ericsson’s top executives from India were also in Sweden to finalise the agreement between the companies, the people added.

Both the companies are already working around areas like managed services and 4G technology. Ericsson had recently bagged a big-ticket three-year managed services contract worth up to $500 million (Rs 3,350 crore) from Airtel for its 2G, 3G, 4G LTE networks across all 22 circles. Ericsson is also providing 4G telecom gear for Airtel’s five circles, including the lucrative Delhi market.

According to a latest Ericsson study, 5G technology will enable a $27.3 billion revenue potential for the Indian telecom operators by 2026. “We are strengthening our commitment to the Indian market by pioneering the first live 5G demonstration in the country. The 5G technology showcase has been organised in the direction of creating a robust 5G ecosystem as the government plans to have 5G network roll out by 2020,” said Nunzio Mirtillo, Head of Market Area-SE Asia, Oceania and India, Ericsson.

The demonstration also featured 5G use cases and live demonstration of essential technologies on the road to 5G like Gigabit LTE (1 GBPS download speeds) with License Assisted Access (LAA) technology. The LAA live demo highlighted how this technology can leverage wireless network resources using higher frequency bands on a small cell architecture. Other technology innovations presented in the showcase included advancements in Radio Network Evolution, 5G Ready Transport and Network Slicing.

Ericsson’s new 5G platform comprises the 5G core, radio and transport portfolios, with digital support systems, transformation services and security. “5G will bring new level of performance and characteristics to the telecom networks, enabling new services and creating new ecosystems. New revenue streams will open for operators. 5G has the potential to enable 43 per cent incremental revenue opportunity for the Indian operators by 2026,” added Nitin Bansal, Managing Director, Ericsson India.

 

The largest 5G opportunity will be seen in sectors like manufacturing, energy and utilities followed by public safety and health sectors. This will be over and above the revenue generated from traditional services which is expected to grow up to $63 billion by 2026. According to Ericsson, agriculture will open-up revenue opportunities up to $400 million for telecom operators.

 

The application of 5G will be in areas like field monitoring and mapping, livestock routing and monitoring, on-field applications, and related services. The retail sector in India will offer potential 5G-enabled revenue of up to $1.15 billion by 2026

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