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Greetings friends,

Voice & Data suc­cess­fully con­ducted the 5G Evo­lu­tion: Fast Track­ing 5G event re­cently.

It was great to hear about what the 5G econ­omy is go­ing to be all about. 5G is go­ing to be the foun­da­tion of what’s go­ing to be next. Folks talked about how 5G’s full eco­nomic ben­e­fit should be re­al­ized across the globe by around 2035. There are a va­ri­ety of use cases for 5G. In mas­sive ma­chine type com­mu­ni­ca­tion, it should find a place in IoT, smart me­ters, track­ing fleet man­age­ment, etc. In crit­i­cal ma­chine type com­mu­ni­ca­tion, 5G will find use in the in­dus­trial ap­pli­ca­tions, traf­fic safety and con­trol and re­mote man­u­fac­tur­ing.

For en­hanced mo­bile broad­band, there are In­ter­net/ap­pli­ca­tions, VR/AR, UHD video and new smart­phones. Fixed wire­less aceess should see use in sta­tion­ary, por­ta­ble and trans­portable ap­pli­ca­tions, en­ter­prises, home and re­place fi­bre ac­cess. 5G will dra­mat­i­cally im­pact the ac­cel­er­a­tion of use AI/ML, Blockchain tech­nolo­gies in the rel­e­vant fields.

In In­dia, the wider the chan­nels, with more band­width, will al­low op­er­a­tors to de­sign eas­ier cost plans and of­fer higher ca­pac­ity to the end users with mul­ti­ple ser­vices. If they have ad­di­tional spec­trum for na­tion­wide cov­er­age, they should aim to pos­si­bly of­fer un­lim­ited 5G data plans.

5G is not B2C, it’s about B2B, such as smart city, driver­less cars, etc. Pri­mar­ily be­cause of the den­sity and ca­pac­ity re­quired, in the ini­tial phase, 5G is go­ing to be a B2B en­ter­prise game. An­other as­pect of 5G is the abil­ity to take it to the ru­ral ar­eas such as in smart agri­cul­ture. We need to open the spec­trum to more op­er­a­tors and avoid mo­nop­o­li­sa­tion of 5G by some com­pa­nies. We need to re­vamp the skill­force to be able to han­dle 5G tech­nol­ogy. We also need to im­part the skills to do things in the right man­ner.

Right now, we have not fully utilised 4G. 5G dis­rup­tion is a bit far away from us.

Pradeep Chakrabort­y

Edi­tor pradeepc@cy­ber­me­dia.co.in

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