- Ericsson to collaborate with Indian telcos to bring new, 5G-ready solutions to the country
Through the collaboration, the Sweden-based company plans to lead the country’s migration from 4G to 5G.
According to Joakim Sorelius, Head of product line 5G RAN , and Head of RAN Architecture, Ericsson, the Sweden-based communication technology and services provider is already in discussion with Indian telcos to bring in its 5G-ready solutions for their existing 4G networks. He added that the company is also considering initiating lab trials for 5G in the country, and by the end of this year, 5G products will have started contributing to India’s revenue as well.
According to a report published by the Sweden-based company, the growing trend of 5G becoming an absolutely essential part of industrial businesses and digitalisation will lead to the revenue from 5G-enabled digitisation in India reaching a total of $25.9 billion by the year 2026. Additionally, the report added, Indian operators can further generate a revenue of up to $13 billion if they start looking towards becoming service enablers and service creators, besides simply being connectivity and infrastructure providers.
Paolo Colella, Head of Region India, Ericsson, also told reporters that there is a very strong growth opportunity in India for new 5G-enabled revenues, and thus, it is extremely essential that it is utilised to its best potential through increased investments in networks, business development, and go-to-market models, as well as organisational adaptation.
The report further added that in India, population growth, increased penetration, and high GDP growth will also lead to the increase of operator revenues from traditional services, from $37 billion to $63 billion by 2026. Sectors like manufacturing, energy, and utilities will be the ones with the most opportunity for growth, followed by public safety and health sectors. And in respect to that, an additional increment of 20 percent, or $13 billion, can also be added to it by operators through the 5G-enabled industry revenue.
To speed up the process, Ericsson India has established a Centre of Excellence equipped with a 5G test bed and incubation centre at IIT Delhi, intended to be the leading force in the development of the country’s 5G ecosystem. The initial test will commence from the second half of the year, and is expected to allow India to catch up with other developed countries in the race for 5G network integration and application deployment. The test will cover several aspects like delivering research, innovation, and industrial pilots using next-generation 5G networks, to help promote cross-industry research collaborations dealing with the implementation of ICT in industry processes, products, and services.
In addition to the CoE, the company also introduced a number of 5G-ready radio solutions for the Indian market, such as the AIR 6468, Baseband 5216, and Mini-Link 6352. Nitin Bansal, Head of Network Products, Ericsson India, stated that the company is speaking to several Indian operators about their venture, so that there can be an absolutely seamless and cost-efficient migration to 5G in the country, from the currently existing 4G networks.
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