INDIA ELECTRONIFIED
Manufacturing Today|October 2021
INDUSTRY 4.0 DRIVEN 5G TO BOOST ELECTRONICS AND COMPONENTS INDUSTRY IN INDIA
MAT KHAN

ELECTRONICS & ELECTRONIC COMPONENT manufacturers in India are poised for a phase of massive growth in business opportunities. Industry 4.0; with its revolutionary usage of voluminous, fast and reliable data; is set to place unprecedented demand on data networks, driving demand for 5G devices and with it a host of compatible electronic equipment and components.

“5G could be a game changer for Indian industry with a potential to create an economic impact of more than $1 trillion by 2035,” affirms Dr. Sreeram Srinivasan, CEO, Syrma Technology, among the top-notch Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider.

With the GoI promoting electronic industry as a part of its ambitious aim of making India a global manufacturing hub, the industry is not short of support or attention in the galleries of power.

“The government has set the ball rolling with the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme,” says A Gururaj, MD, Optiemus Electronics Limited, among the early qualifiers of the scheme with a business plan of investing upward of US$ 200 million in telecom manufacturing and R&D.

Disruptive technologies opening up market demand and the government backing the industry; it couldn’t have been better time for electronics and electronic manufacturers.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

India is expected to have 13.5 billion-13.7 billion IIoT connections by 2025, say reports, and manufacturing industries are eager to leverage this disruption for maximum benefits.

The likely impact of 5G is yet to be fully ascertained. What is certain is that the demand for connectivity will drive demand for the module that enables devices to connect with mobile network, the radio frequency front-end (RFFE). 5G modems, 5G routers, MIMO antenna, 5G New Radio (5GNR), C-RAN units, multichannel highly integrated RF transceivers, voltage-controlled crystal oscillators (VCXOs) and innumerable other compatibles. Present displays will give in to displays more conducive for virtual reality functions.

Requirement for enhanced memory and storage will see demand for micro-chips going up. That opens up an unprecedented opportunity for semiconductor businesses. Going beyond the conventional buyers, namely the handsets and computing equipment manufacturers, 5G will see customers for semiconductors come from growing base of connected industrial and consumer product manufacturers according to a report by Accenture.

“On the 5G value chain, connectivity and infrastructure related gear will be the first movers for manufacturers and service providers. However, the bigger opportunity will result from the adjacencies like advanced handsets, dongles adapters and USB terminals for the adoption and also the application side that leverages AI, M2M and others,” says Srinivasan whose company is into custom designing memory and RFID solutions.

GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

The electronic industry can look forward to the government creating an eco-system conducive for its businesses leveraging the demand for 5G devices and compatibles.

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