Saturday, October 24, 2020

How Indian companies are building towards 5G deployment

5g wireless mobile data connection

Long before Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke of Atmanirbhar Bharat, Indian companies were engaged in developing indigenous solutions for 5G telecommunications networks.

There’s strong demand for high-speed mobile data in India, with 97 percent of the country’s 700 million broadband subscribers getting their service wirelessly in July 2020, according to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

To increase capacity, network operator Jio is working on its own end-to-end 5G solutions, while companies like Saankhya Labs are focusing on radio units and Tech Mahindra is developing private 5G networks for other enterprises.

Some countries have already licensed spectrum for 5G services and, while India hasn’t taken that step yet, businesses here are busy developing their 5G solutions, whether in chipsets, hardware, open radio access networks or network management software, looking for a share of the local, and global, network infrastructure market. Here, Computerworld India takes stock of their progress.

India and 5G

Even though India is not an early adopter of 5G, it isn’t lagging behind, says Dimitri Mavrakis, senior research director at ABI Research. One Indian company in particular has caught his attention.

“Reliance Jio is set to be the major player in the 5G development because of the three main steps Jio has taken: huge investments from companies like Facebook and Google, valuable partnerships with companies like Microsoft, and planned acquisitions of companies like Radisys,” he says.

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