5G Spectrum: Empower Abundant and Affordable 5G Spectrum and Collaboration: Industry Leaders at the Digital Telco Summit

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NEW DELHI: Industry leaders and policymakers said on Wednesday that recent structural and procedural reforms brought by the Center will take the sector to the next level of growth as next-generation (5G) technology is on the cusp of unleash immense potential for telecommunications operators. .

Over 30 industry leaders, executives and policy makers gathered at the second edition of the Digital Telco Summit – 2021, hosted virtually by ETTElecom. The event was opened by Minister of State for Communications Devusinh Chauhan.

The event saw the participation of Deputy Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Malcolm Johnson, Member of the Digital Communications Commission (DCC) – Technology Ashok Kumar Tiwari, Director of the GSMA Asia-Pacific Julian Gorman , vice president of Bharti Enterprises Akhil Gupta, general manager of Vodafone Idea Ravinder Takkar and Reliance Jio Group president and technical director – Mobility Shyam Prabhakar Mardikar.

“The government has launched a series of reforms and initiatives that will take the sector to a new level to help. It will arm the sector to propel the digital economy to $ 1,000 billion, which in turn will fuel the economy. India of $ 5,000 billion, “Chauhan said, adding that the telecommunications sector is assuming a greater role in the nation’s development, both sociologically and economically.

“Many countries around the world have started rolling out 5G networks, and in India we will be launching 5G networks by the middle of next year,” Tiwari said.

Bharti Enterprises vice president Akhil Gupta said prices for 5G spectrum that remain too high remain a stumbling block for the industry.

(Vi) Takkar of Vodafone Idea supported Gupta’s point of view and said that access to adequate and cost-effective spectrum would be a critical component in making the necessary investments in 5G networks across the country.

“We should use all the raw materials (spectrum) in the C-band, the middle band, the millimeter waves (mmWave) and the low band, and then create a model that is more convincing both from the point of view of the efficiency of the l ‘capital investment (capex) and operating expenses (opex) and efficiency of the customer experience, ”said Mardikar.

The one-day event saw the participation of nearly 1,500 virtual spectators from around the world.

“5G again will not only help consumers gain better access to networks, but it will also accelerate the digitization of industries and also strengthen the foundations of Digital India,” said Nitin Bansal, Managing Director of Ericsson India.

David Li, Managing Director of Huawei India, said 5G technology is believed to enable verticals to achieve their digital transformation goals, and added that a collaborative approach would help India deploy 5G faster and profitable way.

“I think India should have a more open policy and should also welcome all global players to contribute to this (5G) journey,” Li added.

US-based Ciena said the company has already started manufacturing the 5G wireless link app in India.

“We are absolutely determined not only to design and develop, but now to manufacture. So we believe this will bring more agility and more customization to the country,” said Ryan Perera, Country Manager, Ciena India.

The one-day summit included three sessions and several fireside discussions with key industry leaders.

The event was sponsored by Ericsson, Huawei and Ciena, and hosted on the VConfex platform, designed and developed by Times Internet.


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