5G technology is poised as the latest iteration of wireless network connectivity to bring out the best potential of IoT driven innovations across industry. India is pushing for a local approach in bringing standard to enable relevant use cases for wider 5G adoption.
This was the singular resounding message at the panel discussion in ET Telecom’s 5G Congress 2019 held in New Delhi on August 1.
The panel discussion on the role of local R&D and standards in enabling 5G ecosystem and use cases saw participation of the top telecom and enterprise technology experts.
Panelists included- SK Mishra, Principal Advisor of Trai, Sundi Raman, IoT Head of Airtel, Pamela Kumar, Director- General, TSDSI, Gaurav Gupta, Chief Commercial Officer, MG Motor India, J Klutto Milleth, Chief Technologist, CEWiT, Juergen Hase, CEO, UNLIMIT, Purushottam Kaushik, Head Strategy & Mega Deals of L&T Smart World and communications, Dinesh Chand Sharma, Director- Standards & Public policy, SESEI and Kapil Mahotra, Head-IT, HCL Healthcare.
Setting the context of the discussion, moderator Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Executive, Greyhound Research discussed standards aligned with advancement of 5G adoption in India. He set the tone by bringing in challenges like fibre optimization, cost associated with chipsets, need of research and India use cases.
Underlining the versatile use of 5G in connected vehicles, Gaurav Gupta, Chief Commercial Officer, MG Motor India said that participation of technology vendors, telecom operators and manufacturers is the core requirement to drive successful implementation of 5G driven IoT application in vehicles. Further he shared insights on making passenger safety and enhanced experience leveraged by AI & IoT in the MG Motors internet connected vehicle Hector.
With the evolution of 5G use cases in the automobile manufacturing sector, IT security in connected vehicles played out to be the foremost concern.
“5G speed and SIM enabled vehicle ensures faster response time in any emergency by IoT collected and AI analysed data. Structured data is also used to enhance user vehicle experience and upgrade better services governed by 5G & IoT technology”, Gupta added.
SK Mishra, Principal Advisor, Trai talked about regulatory role behind spectrum bidding process and challenges associated with managing optimal price. He shared insights on trials and disruptions in international standards and India circumstances. Low penetration of fibre and investment came up as key focus areas.
Dinesh Chand Sharma, Director- Standards & Public policy, SESEI shared the journey of 5G from GSM to the narrow band technology while explaining the bottlenecks of policies and standards associated with machine to machine advancement in India. He also discussed about cost cutting with chipsets, EU protocols and global interoperability standards. In closing, he explained how AI development advanced the 5G adoption needs and growth in India.
India’s 5G is now more focussed on R&D rather than pre requirement space. TSDSI is studying and exploring more research points which will embrace 5G technology which is already matured enough to revolutionise India market.
“Reliability on the 5G technology and vision of getting optimized speed to drive IoT is the future which India is looking up to. TSDSI has focus on challenges like low mobility and large scale of deployment. Rural is the foremost visibility in our agenda towards a successful uses case of 5G pan India”, Pamela Kumar, Director- General, TSDSI.
Sundi Raman, IoT Head, Airtel shares their vision and journey of becoming the digital backbone of India. He discussed about Airtel partnership with MG motors in supporting the connected vehicle concept and Apollo hospitals in leveraging the capabilities of remote health care possibilities.
“We are now investing in new skills and research to explore Iot capabilities driven by 5G connectivity. IoT helps in managing workforce and streamlining data driven processes. Airtel has platform like Xlabs with different layers which help in developing applications, manage devices and our flagship instruments across India,” said Raman.
“With all the processed data generated post IoT implementation, AI and ML helps in managing and analyzing the best structured use of it”, Raman added.
“As a young and promising organisation, UNLIMIT has a team which has executed IoT in connected vehicles. Several partnerships with automobile manufacturers is the result of innovations in 5G driven IoT landscape,” Juergen Hase, CEO, UNLIMIT said.
“In smart city concept, we are fundamentally leveraging 5G in the core infrastructure, reusing the technology and optimizing the capex to mitigate challenges in the journey of IoT implementation. Our agenda is to sustain independent to justify the agile work environment which is required for a successful use case,” he added.
The panel discussion concluded with the agenda of country’s enthusiasm to build a better and unified future with 5G technology which will empower collaborative innovation in IoT landscape.
Sanchit Vir Gogia: Sanchit is the Chief Analyst, Founder & CEO of Greyhound Research, a Global, Award-Winning, Technology & Innovation Research & Advisory firm. To read more about him, click here.
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