Ericsson launched India’s first “5G Innovation Lab” at IIT Delhi

Source || Indo Asian News Service || 05/07/2018

One of the leading providers of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Ericsson launched “Centre of Excellence (CoE) and Innovation Lab” launched at IIT Delhi. About 40% of the world’s mobile traffic carried through their networks.

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In a bid to stimulate the 5G ecosystem in India and with the aim of fast-track 5G deployments in the country by bringing together telecom ecosystems, academia, industry and start-ups launch has been done. It will help academics to test newer 5G technologies.

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The Ericsson 5G Innovation Lab was inaugurated by Minister of State for Railways, Manoj Sinha and Börje Ekholm, President and CEO, Ericsson at the IIT Delhi.

Manoj Sinha said,“ India cannot afford to miss the 5G bus. It is of strategic importance to us. We want India to be an active participant in the design, development, and manufacturing of 5G-based technologies, products, and apps. We need the entire ecosystem to work together to make 5G a reality in India over the next 2-3″.

He added,”The 5G Center of Excellence supports the Government’s plans to foster a robust and vibrant 5G ecosystem in India. We want India to be an active participant in the design, development, and manufacturing of 5G-based technologies, products, and apps”.

The 5G innovation lab is an open platform and aims to help the industry and the academia to leverage the 5G technology to develop new 5G-based apps and business models. The government is in the process of identifying potential use cases for 5G and sectors like health, education and disaster management, among others, have emerged as frontrunners for 5G adoption. Innovation lab will be used to potentially lead to better agricultural yields, better healthcare, smarter cities, more efficient manufacturing and enhanced lifestyles.

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As per an Ericsson report, 5G enabled digitization revenue potential in India will be $27.3 billion by 2026. The largest opportunity for 5G will be seen in sectors like manufacturing, energy, and utilities followed by public safety and health sectors in the future. “The Indian telecom operators can generate additional revenue of US$ 13 billion or half of the stated potential if they take up roles beyond being Connectivity and infrastructure providers to become service enablers and service creators,” said Ericsson in a statement.

Borje Ekholm, President, and CEO of Ericsson said” the company is leading 5G standardization globally. We would like to unleash the creativity and innovation of the Indian industry, academia and entrepreneurs to fully leverage and make 5G a reality in India.”

In this occasion R.S. Sharma, Chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi stated,'”India is a big player in data consumption. It consumes more data than any country in the world.

Some of the 5G use cases that could be implemented using the unique features of 5G technology include industrial control and automation, autonomous driving, safety and traffic efficiency services, hospital applications and medical data management, among others.

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