Here’s what industry experts and analysts are saying

5G is the next generation networking technology that will revolutionize the way people and machines communicate. But with 5G, a lot of things in the telecom infrastructure and ecosystem will have to change in India to support high bandwidth and low latency networks. Since the 5G spectrum auction is so close (scheduled for July 26), TelecomTalk has reached out to industry experts and analysts to understand their perspective on 5G and what India needs to do to get ahead. to ensure that the deployment of the next generation network is a success.

Here is what they said.

Anku Jain, Managing Director, MediaTek India


The 5G spectrum auction comes at a time when sales of 5G-enabled smartphones have already exceeded 51%, outpacing the penetration of 4G smartphones. The demand for high-performance gadgets with world-class features, especially in terms of camera, display, memory, battery, and gaming capabilities, is currently driving the growth of 5G smartphones.

India is one of the most potential markets for 5G. The young demographic expects their 5G smartphones to feature best-in-class processor technologies that can optimize resources and deliver maximum capabilities to meet their streaming, gaming, collaboration, and photography needs while being affordable.

MediaTek’s latest series of Dimensity 5G chipsets are designed to make 5G a faster reality in India. Powered by the industry’s most advanced 4nm processors and exclusive MediaTek innovations such as MediaTek HyperEngine 5.0 for gaming, new processors such as MediaTek Dimensity 9000 and 9000+ are poised to take digital transformation in India to the higher level.

SP Kochhar, Managing Director, COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India)


A robust telecommunications infrastructure has helped the country through difficult times over the past two years. The July 26 spectrum auction to deploy 5G services by private telecom operators is a welcome step that will set the roadmap for the industry to achieve its long-held dreams as we prepare for the commercial deployment of the spectrum. 5G. The government’s decision to allocate 5% of the Universal Service Obligation (USO) Fund to encourage design-driven manufacturing under the PLI program is expected to boost 5G mobile services in the country.

With the expansion of the PLI program to boost 5G and aiming to implement fiber optics in every village by 2025, this move will make India a profitable manufacturing hub globally and provide a new impetus new investments in the telecommunications sector. There is a need to implement uniform right-of-way fees across all states and streamline regulatory levies such as LF, SUC, and USO to ensure a smooth deployment of 5G technology, which will spark another wave of innovation. .

To support the vision of digital India, 5G will be key, and with unprecedented levels of 5G connectivity and internet, India will be able to transform education, health, agriculture and other sectors in rural areas while building future smart cities. – all trademarks of a 5G India. Over the period 2023-2040, we estimate that 5G technologies will make an overall contribution of around $450 billion to the Indian economy (0.6% of GDP by 2040). 5G is vital, both from the perspective of digital connectivity and to give a strong impetus to the Indian government’s initiatives to digitize the nation.

Charu Paliwal, Research Analyst, Counterpoint Research

Charu Paliwal, Counterpoint Research

Expected deployment plans and availability of 5G smartphones:

With 5G, we expect telcos to remain focused on 3.5 GHz spectrum for network deployment for the first 2-3 years, as it is relatively cost effective and has adequate device availability. on the market. Almost all mid-range to high-end smartphones launched in India in the last couple of years support this spectrum band. We expect 5G smartphone launches in the budget segment to accelerate this year.

Expected investments from telecom operators in addition to the purchase of 5G spectrum:

Besides spectrum, the main areas of investment would be fiber infrastructure and the addition of new mobile towers, including small cells. Furthermore, investments would be needed in various spheres of the ecosystem – be it manufacturing devices, developing India-specific 5G use cases and enterprise applications, setting up an increasing number of edge data centers and, of course, to deploy the network infrastructure.

Challenges/issues requiring attention in the near future for successful adoption of 5G:

Some areas, including RAN, core, and transmission, require upgrades. There are only 34% of fiber towers in the country, and this number should increase to around 70% for an effective deployment of 5G services. Another factor is underdeveloped home hardware manufacturing, which also adds to the challenges of 5G rollout. Although the government has rolled out aggressive policies in favor of local manufacturing, it will take some time to show an impact on the ecosystem.

Other market dynamics, such as the lack of a robust 5G device ecosystem in an industrial environment, may hinder adoption. The LTE device ecosystem today has a good foundation with a wide range of devices available at low cost. But mass deployment of 5G devices can be a costly affair, as industrial devices may not be readily available in the market in volumes that drive down device prices. Additionally, the development of India-centric use cases is important as 5G technology is not limited to addressing specific consumer needs.

Sanjay Bakaya, Country Head – India & Regional Vice President – ​​India & South Asia at Mavenir


5G in India will have an impact far beyond the consumer mobile broadband market. The impact of 5G will be much deeper as more industry use cases are implemented. This will drive digital transformation and have a significant impact on all industry verticals, their business processes and goals. 5G will play a vital role in helping to build a sustainable business model across all sectors by integrating technological innovations into daily processes. This will not only transform lives in the country but will also boost India’s economic growth.

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