Fast tracking 5G
Voice and Data|September 2019
Fast tracking 5G
Leaders from the Telecom sector come together to speak about the speeding up of 5G in India
Pradeep Chakraborty, Dr Archana Verma and Rajiv Pathak

Voice&Data held an event on Fast Tracking 5G on 17th of September 2019 in New Delhi. Leaders from the telecom sector were present at the event. Pradeep Gupta, CMD, Cybermedia welcomed the guests.

At the event on 5G evolution in India, Sukanta Dey, Strategic Advisor & Group COO, Infomo Global, gave the opening address. Keynote speakers were Aruna Sundararajan, Former Secretary, DoT, Government of India; Rajan Mathews, Director General, COAI and Jitendra Singh, Senior Director, Government Affairs, India & South Asia, Qualcomm India. The panels were titled “ The Operator Excitement,” 5G Ecosystem Enablers and “ Tech Confluence of Telecom & Cloud and Case Studies.”

Building the 5G Ecosystem Worldwide

Sukanta Dey, Strategic Advisor and Group COO, Informo Global and former Emerging Business President, Tata Teleservices, del ivered the introductory keynote titled Building the 5G ecosystem worldwide. He said that the number of mobile users and their demand for data is rising exponentially. Hence, 5G is the answer, as it must handle far more traffic at much higher speeds than the base stations that make up today’s cellular networks. With 5G, users should be able to download a HD film in under a second (a task that could take 10 minutes on 4G LTE).

5G networks will drive the development of new technologies in the fourth industrial revolution or Industry 4.0, such as autonomous vehicles, virtual reality and IoT, robotics, etc.

To achieve all this, wireless engineers are designing a suite of brand-new technologies. These technologies will deliver data less than a millisecond of delay (compared to about 70ms on todays 4G networks) and bring peak download speeds of 20 gigabits per second (compared to 1 Gb/s on 4G) to users At the moment, it’s not yet clear which technologies will do the most for 5G in the long run. Five early favourites have emerged. These front-runners include millimeter waves, small cells, massive MIMO, full duplex, and beam forming.

The outcomes include a real and seamless wireless world with no more limitations with access and zones. There will be wearable devices. IPv6 will be in use, where, a visiting care of mobile IP address is assigned according to location and connected network. There will be one unified global standard and smart radios will be in use. The user can simultaneously be connected with several wireless access technologies. There will be multiple concurrent data transfer path.

Key features of 5G include high resolution for heavy cell phone users, bi-directional large bandwidth, less traffic, 25Mbps connectivity speed, enhanced and available connectivity for nearly the whole world, and uploading Security and privacy will have a whole new dimension. There will be a creation of virtual assets: legislation, ownership, taxation, etc. There will be rural India focus as netizens start with 5G. Multilingual content will be available for consumption, anytime anywhere. There will also be an impact on e-governance, health, education, consumption of goods and services, etc. .With 5G, users should be able to download a high-definition film in under a second.

and downloading speeds of 5G touching the peak (up to 1Gbps). 5G technology should be available in the market at affordable rates with scalable and versatile architecture.

5G evolution and national success

Presenting a talk on 5G : Evolution and National Success, Jitendra Singh, Senior Director, Government Affairs Qualcomm (India & South Asia) and India Head, GSA, said the mission is to connect India. He said:

• Universal broadband coverage at 50 Mbps to every citizen.

• 1 Gbps connectivity to all Gram Panchayats of India by 2020.

• 10 Gbps connectivity to all Gram Panchayats of India by 2022.

• Enable fixed line broadband access to 50% of households.

• ‘Unique Mobile Subscriber Density’ of 55 by 2020.

• ‘Unique Mobile Subscriber Density’ of 65 by 2022.

• Public Wi-Fi Hotspots to reach 5 million by 2020.

• Public Wi-Fi Hotspots to reach 10 million by 2022.

There is also a need to make India a 5G hub, in terms of having design houses and local manufacturing. He provided some interesting figures.

• In China, as of Aug 18, 788 Mn accessing internet via mobile, accounts for 98% of Chinese netizen population.

• China users spend, on average, 200 Bn hours on apps, 4.5 times longer than India.

• Nearly four-fifths of the world’s mobile data traffic will be video by 2022.

• Global cloud data center traffic is expected to reach 19.5 zettabytes (ZB) per year by 2021.

• Global cloud data center traffic will represent 95% of total data center traffic by 2021, versus 88% in 2016.

• By 2021, video will account for 85% of traffic from data centers to end users, compared to 78% in 2016.

• By 2021, data stored on devices to reach 5.9 ZB, which is 4.5x higher than data stored in data centers.

• By 2021, largely due to IoT, total amount of data created will reach 847 ZB per year, up from 218 ZB per year in 2016.

On AI, he said,

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