Significant R&D work happening in 5G: LTE India

“Spectrum for introducing LTE is now available. Almost 6.9 billion mobile subscribers are now covered by mobile phone networks,” said Anil Kaushal, member, Technology, ministry of communications & IT, government of India during the inaugural session at 6th LTE India 2014.

Adrian Scarse, head, Mobile Competence Centre, 3GPP & CTO, ETSI said, “Telecom technology has moved beyond fourth generation and significant research and development work is already going on in 5G.

Shyam P Mardikar, chief, Strategy, Architecture & Engineering, Bharti Airtel said, “India has the second largest smartphone subscriber across the world. The growth rate was 60 percent in Taiwan and 52 percent in India by 2013, though the subscriber base was only 67 million which amounted to just 6 percent of the total mobile phone subscriber base of over 950 million.”

“Flatter architecture is becoming first mile transforming networks. Dynamic and on demand capacity would force networks to move closer and closer to users”, commented Mardikar outlining the future in telecom service.

Currently, there are 279 commercial networks in 101 countries where 536 operators are investing across 157 counties. Smartphone users in urban India crossed 51 million in 2013, a 89 percent growth and expected to cross 104 million by the end of 2014.

“There would be 50 billion wireless connected devices by 2025” said Sumit D Chowdhury, president, Enterprise, Reliance Jio Infocomm.

“Connected spaces and places, emerging connected verticals, smart agriculture, connected car, e-Health and others will create network as an intelligent platform,” added Chowdhury.

“The challenge for telecom service provider in the coming years would be to provide one Rupee per Gigabit over 100 Mbps by 2020 to everyone”, said Vipin Tyagi, director and member of board, Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT).

“LTE deployment is slowly picking up in the Indian market and we are now neck-to-neck with the global market. While India was almost 10 years late with 2G and almost 6 years late with 3G as compared to the global market,” said Ranjan Sharma, director, Technical & Commercial, ZTE Telecom India.

Other speakers included Arvind Bali, CEO, Mobile services, Videocon Telecommunications; Vikram Tiwathia, associate director general, COAI; and Dinesh Chand Sharma, director, Standardization, Policy & Regulation, Seconded European Standardization Expert in India.

Making it truly global platform to conduct business, global majors engaged in wireless broadband technology – Aircel, Videocon Telecom, Ericsson, ZTE, Amdocs, JDSU, Rohde & Schwarz, Agilent Technologies, Anritsu, EMC, Rosenberger, Yota Devices participated in the event.

LTE India 2014 saw participation from telecom operators, equipment providers, regulators, ministry, infrastructure providers, content providers, system integrators, and trade associations.

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