Tech firm, telcos prepare to enter 5G era

Vodafone Idea deploys Ericsson’s 5G radio system in selected markets

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Praggya Guptaa | February 22, 2019 | Delhi


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As the government is set to roll out the 5G spectrum auction, the network providers are also equipping 5th generation network-ready LTE technology.  According to the government, the technology would have an impact of more than $1 trillion on the Indian economy. It is also expected to transform education and healthcare in India. The government expects telcos to undertake field trials over next 12 months.

 
Ahead of the 5G spectrum auction, the network providers are upgrading their networks. Vodafone Idea, for example, has consolidated and modernised its networks with deployment of Ericsson’s 5G radio system across selected markets in India. State-run BSNL too is reportedly keen to launch 5G, though a senior BSNL official told Governance Now that the firm has not taken a final decision yet and has not acquired 5G LTE equipment yet.  
 
While giving the Indian mobile subscription outlook, Nitin Bansal, managing Director, Ericsson India, shared an insight that the LTE subscriber base in India will grow fourfold from 345 million in 2018 to 1.03 billion by 2024. However, 5G subscription will be 2 percent of the total base in 2024 which would be 24 million subscribers. He also said that 5G will substitute fiber-to-home in time to come. It would be interesting to see how Jio GigaFiber service will unfold in time to come.
 

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