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Telcos offered facilities to test-drive 5G, IoT

India will start adopting 5G technology from this year itself, says Huawei

Equipment vendors like Huawei and Nokia are offering telcos the facilities to test-drive 5G and IoT technology. This is a win-win situation, as the operators get a first feel of the technologies, while the vendors use the lessons learned through real-world deployment to contribute to final 3GPP standardization of the technology.

Huawei India's CEO Jay Chen told PTI that Indian telecom operators "will start adopting 5G technology from this year itself" with mass-scale rollout happening in the next three years. Huawei as well as ZTE are in possession of massive MIMO technology that offers the ability to scale up the spectrum by 8 times with just 20 per cent increment in cost. According to Chen, 5G standards will be finalised by next year when large-scale commercial deployment of the technology will begin.

"I can tell you massive MIMO (Multiple In Multiple Out) technology (part of 5G technology) will go to India this year. We have had discussions with leading telecom operators who are interested and right now it is only available with Huawei for commercial deployment" Chen told PTI in an interview. "We have already deployed 4.5 G network in 13 circles across India which with minor upgrades can be transformed to 5G. With the 4G subscriber base in India increasing, the [individual] download speed will reduce, and operators will need to begin 4.5 G services" Chen told PTI.

Huawei has also held discussion with Bharti Airtel CEO Sunil Mittal to provide 5G solutions for business to consumer, business to business and business to home services.

Huawei is ready with pilot projects for deploying multi MIMO technology which, instead of users trying to connect to a network, will result in a dedicated spectrum frequency that will follow users wherever they go.

Meanwhile, Nokia and Bharti Airtel have announced "creation of a strategic roadmap for network evolution to the 5G-technology standard and Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled devices".

Nokia and Airtel will leverage Nokia's 5G FIRST end-to-end 5G solution, including AirScale radio access portfolio and AirFrame data centre platform, to demonstrate 5G capabilities and simulate use cases of 5G extreme broadband and ultra-reliability and low latency communication.

With the introduction of 5G FIRST operators will gain a first-to-market advantage based on early specifications. In addition Nokia will use the lessons learned through real-world deployment to contribute to final 3GPP standardization of the technology.

While each operator has its own timeline for moving to 5G, some leading providers are eager to take advantage of the extremely high capacity and low latency connectivity it promises to deliver. To meet early-adopter demands Nokia will make its commercial 5G FIRST end-to-end solution available in the second half of 2017.

The radio access network components of 5G FIRST comprise new Nokia AirScale massive MIMO Adaptive Antennas for 3.5 GHz, 4.5 GHz, 28 GHz and 39 GHz frequency bands, the AirScale System Module, AirScale cloud RAN technology and software. Included with the packet core and mobile transport solutions will be a full-service offer using Intel architecture and the Intel 5G modem for initial deployments starting in 2017.

Leveraging Nokia's end-to-end network capabilities, 5G FIRST also incorporates the multi-access Nokia Cloud Packet Core and the Nokia Shared Data Layer as part of a cloud-native core architecture to deliver the flexibility, scalability and performance operators need to rapidly and cost-effectively deliver 5G services.

Nokia has upgraded its AirScale and AirFrame platforms to 5G based on specifications developed by the KT Special Interests Group (KT SIG) and Verizon 5G Technology Forum and the platforms will be adapted to 3GPP as standards develop.

From Economic Times and

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