5G connectivity is set to accelerate the deployment of next generation ubiquitous ultra-high broadband infrastructure. Towards adopting this, intense efforts are on both from the government’s side and the industry.
As a first step , in the last Union Budget, a sum of Rs 270 crores for three years to establish the 5G test bed at IIT Chennai, has also been cleared. Department of Telecommunication, Government of India has also constituted a high powered 5G committee to speed up the adoption, promote Research and Development in 5G technology, products and services, and development of 5G standards, including generation of IPR.
The industry is also building its internal capabilities for 5G deployment of Micro network services, - there are several use cases - to ensure proliferation of affordable 5G services and technologies across all sectors (eg. healthcare, education, transport, utilities, manufacturing) and pan India. Once again, a massive effort to build an inclusive society.
NASSCOM’s ER&D Council Constitutes a Special Interest Group
A SIG has been constituted with a select group to share insights in shaping the direction that Industry and Government from India could adopt. This will be a peer group communication helping us with some possible directions for the future.
- How can India excel in creating Patents/ IP in 5G
- How do we accelerate Innovation in 5 G products
- Closer collaboration within the Eco system
- Policies/ resources enablement requirement, for the above
- Inclusion of academia especially with a focus on collaboration. There was a mention of IIT Madras which has setup a test bed for 5G; a similar test bed is setup at IIT Delhi by Ericsson which can be made available to test 5G POCs.
- In terms of adoption of standards, it was agreed that Global Standards would be adopted while developing 5G products. Given the nature of evolving standards, it was suggested that India specific use cases be taken up by this team.
- Network Transformation use cases were highlighted – MEC/Edge Cloud, Smart Cities, VNFs, Automotive, Education/Healthcare, etc.
- The team has agreed on 3 major use cases to be developed. These use cases will focus on the areas that need 5G or are limited by 4G technology, and handle critical activities, particularly where data volume is very high including massive interactions with devices/systems.
- Following are the use cases the team prioritized:
- Create a Modern Dedicated Public Safety Network which at best is prehistoric now and there is a need to upgrade to meet the demand arising due to dense population and need for quick response.
The team has proposed to have Public Safety and Security as a primary use case.
- The demands arising due to Industry 4.0 in interacting with Cyber-Physical systems, is going to be phenomenal in terms of the complexity involved in integrating multiple machines, giving feedback and performing tasks to perfection with minimal or no human intervention.
The team has proposed to have PoC built on implementing Industry 4.0 for a specific Industry Use case like Smart Factory etc.
- As the demand for an enriching user experience in e-commerce is steadily on the rise, AR-VR assisted shopping can make a great impact in the e-commerce business.
The team has finalized AR-VR based e-commerce as another area for the PoC.
- Virtual Private Network was identified as yet another area to explore, as this can enable many new business models and use cases without relying on large investments from the telecom operators.