NEW DELHI: India will need 5G more than any other country as it has a problem of plenty, however the transition to 5G will not happen overnight, a panel discussed at ETTelecom’s 5G Congress event on Friday.
The panel represented by Reliance Jio, Aircel, BSNL, Syniverse, Gaia Smart Cities and KPMG discussed how 5G can bring cross-industry applications and drive digital transformation.
“5G is capable of delivering speeds of upto 10GBps and BSNL is confident that it would come out strong in 5G. We have net fibre upto 1 lakh gram panchayats and we’re in the position to provide necessary bandwidth for 5G,” said RK Mittal, Director, Consumer Mobility, BSNL.
According to Sumit D. Chowdhury, Founder, Gaia Smart Cities and Former President of Reliance Jio, there is a need for bringing the compute and network together which is what the 5G allows one to do as it doesn’t expect the solution provider to create both the facilities.
“With 5G you get a complete transformation. It is the for the first time that we’re talking about a service based architecture. Up till 4G we used to build the technology first and then used to figure out how we’re going to use the technology. For the first time we’re building the technology as per the use cases,” said Pradeep Bhardwaj, Senior Director – Corporate Strategy & Industry Standards, Syniverse.
The telcos will have to work consistently with consumers and telcos need to learn to work with different industries to provide solutions which was not happening earlier. The industry will see emergence of aggregators who will stitch things up as no telco will have the bandwidth to understand everything, therefore they’ll need aggregators to connect the dots together, pointed Anupam Vasudev, Chief Marketing Officer, Aircel.
Vasudev further added that the existing telcos’ business and 5G business will have to be built in two separately. “..any service that the telcos will offer will have to work in sync with different operators because one single operator can’t be driving a single solution.”
As per Brijesh Datta, Chief Information Security Officer, Reliance Jio, use cases will get realized because of 5G. 5G will support virtualization and a telco cannot change its hardware to serve a particular need, but with virtualization it will be in a position to provide VPN services, security services among other services.
Talking about smart cities, Sumit pointed that the concept of smart cities is a lot about taking information, processing it and giving it back to the citizens and the entire city. “..we need this two way communication to keep our cities safe which is use case for 5G.”
BSNL’s Mittal told that the telco is trying to build for some smart city projects in the tenders with the help of consultants. “We find it convenient to tie up with other providers to give good solutions for smart cities,” he said.