Interview With Sandeep Kapoor, Managing Director, India And South Asia, Viavi Solutions


Sandeep Kapoor, managing director, India and South Asia, Viavi Solutions

“Growth in telecom, automation and electronics, along with increased defense spending are the prime factors influencing growth of T&M”: Sandeep Kapoor, managing director, India and South Asia, Viavi Solutions

How do you see Indian T&M market growth in 2015?
Due to their flexibility and use of software, test and measurement instruments are growing in use and are expected to have a significant impact on the market. Given the penetration levels of connected devices and their services, companies are competing to provide higher levels of quality of service (QoS) and comply with service level agreements.

Today, the Indian industry is witnessing a key trend of increased quality consciousness, lean processes and an inclination towards energy savings. The realization that energy saved can be turned into profits is growing with the times. Also, increased awareness to reduce the environmental impact, for example, through controlled industrial emissions, is going to impact the test equipment market. These in-turn calls for the need to more accurately, precisely and robustly pinpoint challenges through test & measurement technology.

How do you foresee T&M sector growth in the next two years?
The growth in the telecom, automation, electronics and education sectors, along with the increasing defense spending are the prime factors influencing the growth of T&M market. Investments from government and private players are also expected to grow over the next few years. New government initiatives like ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’ are further going to drive this growth. Also, emerging wireless technologies have accelerated manifold opportunities for the communications T&M industry with many companies now investing on developing in-house R&D facilities.

Technologies which will help T&M sector growth in telecom?
We at Viavi Solutions are seeing an inflection point in the markets we serve. These markets are being driven by the rise of virtualization, automation and expanded wireless and wireline conversions along with the anticipated turn to 5G technology. As these markets continue to evolve, information analytics will play a significant role in 5G and Internet of Things (IoT), E2E self-optimizing networks (SON) and software defined networks (SDN). For hybrid and fully virtualized networks, the prevalence of video services and applications is leading to the exponential growth of Internet traffic resulting in a transition from movable sensors to cloud data analytics that will help fuel growth in the telecom sector.

How do you see Internet of Things (IoT) from T&M perspective?
According to the GSMA, the number of unique mobile subscribers at the end of 2014 was 3.6 billion – that means half of the world’s population now subscribes to mobile services. By 2020, 60 percent will be on mobile networks. The Internet of Things (IoT) will grow even more rapidly, with projections of 30 to 50 billion connected devices by 2020. This means huge opportunities and challenges for T&M vendors. To me, IoT is not a product but an ecosystem that relies on four key technology enablers including intelligent sensors, connectivity, big data/analytics and cloud computing. When employed by the public sector to improve the efficiency of urban infrastructures and deliver better service to citizens, IoT underpins the concept of a Smart City, thereby bringing immense benefits across all sectors including T&M.

Do you see small cell and FTTH picking up from T&M perspective?
Small cells have come a long way in recent years. Initially, they were used as a way to expand the coverage of a mobile network in remote locations, now small cells are also increasingly deployed to enhance network capacity in densely-populated urban areas. Small cells are vital to 3G data off-loading, and today small cells, rather than macro-cells, are seen as the key to efficiently manage LTE spectrum needs.

Coming to FTTH, while a few years back, fiber was relegated to the backbone of the network, today it is used for connecting towers and moving closer into our homes. With technology advancements, data centers that were earlier located overseas are now being moved closer to users. In India, the FTTH market is likely to receive a boost from the anticipated roll-out of 4G services by multiple operators. Increasingly, many leading developers and builders are recognizing the importance of fiber connectivity and leading the way in FTTH roll-outs by offering fiber connectivity as an integral service in future buildings and townships.

Viavi is also focusing on datacenter through Network Instruments. What equipment or solutions are you planning to target datacenter?
Viavi Enterprise Solutions provide visibility into the relationship between the network, infrastructure and applications. Our data analysis solution provides network performance monitoring and diagnostics capabilities via the Observer Solution suite. The data access solutions work to provide centralized and cost-effective monitoring through traffic aggregation using multiple access points through our Matrix switch and nTAPs solutions.

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