Ericsson on Friday showcased first live fifth generation telecom services in Mumbai using its 5G test bed and 5G NR Radio, demonstrating extremely high throughput and ultra low latency. This is in line with the Indian Government's vision to have 5G mobile network roll outs in India by 2020.
Ericsson's new 5G platform comprises the 5G core, radio and transport portfolios, together with digital support systems, transformation services and security.
''We are strengthening our commitment to the Indian market by pioneering the first live 5G demonstration in the country. The 5G technology showcase has been organised in the direction of creating a robust 5G eco system in the country, as the Government plans to have 5G network roll outs by 2020,'' said Nunzio Mirtillo, Head of Market Area – SE Asia, Oceania and India, Ericsson.
5G to enable a $27.3 billion revenue potential for Indian telecom operators by 2026.
As per an Ericsson 5G Business Potential Report, 5G will enable a $27-billion revenue opportunity for Indian telecom operators by 2026. The largest opportunity will be seen in sectors such as manufacturing, energy and utilities followed by public safety and health sectors.
This will be over and above the revenue generated from traditional services which is expected to grow up to $63 billion by 2026.
Agriculture will open-up revenue opportunities up to $400 million for telecom operators.
The application of 5G will be in areas like field monitoring and mapping, livestock routing and monitoring, on-field applications, and related services. The retail sector in India will offer potential 5G-enabled revenue of up to $1.15 billion by 2026.
5G can help in revolutionising customer experience and increase operational efficiencies within the retail segment.
''Our latest mobility report suggests that India will have over 10 million 5G subscriptions by 2023. The introduction of 5G technology will bring a new level of performance and characteristics to the telecom networks enabling new services and creating new ecosystems.
New revenue streams will open for operators as they go beyond being connectivity and infrastructure providers to become service enablers and service creators,'' Nitin Bansal, Managing Director, Ericsson India said.
India Mobile data traffic
The total mobile data traffic per month in India is expected to grow 11 times from 1.3 Exa Bytes (EB) to 14 EB by 2023 as per Ericsson's latest mobility report.
The report estimates that the monthly data usage per smartphone (GB/month) in India will increase five times from 3.9 GB in 2017 to 18 GB by 2023. The total mobile subscriptions in the country as per the report stood at 1.185 billion in Q3 2017.
The report also indicates that by 2023, LTE will be the most dominant telecom technology prevalent in India. It will account for more than 60 per cent of the total subscriptions in the country by 2023 compared to the 12 per cent LTE subscriptions in 2017.
The report estimates that there will be around 800 million VoLTE subscribers in India by 2023, growing at about 42.5 per cent between 2017 and 2023.