Swedish telecommunication firm Ericsson has set up a 5G Innovation Lab in India to accelerate the deployment of 5G in the country by encouraging collaboration between telcos, industry, start-ups, and academia.
The Ericsson Centre of Excellence (CoE) and Innovation Lab for 5G has been established at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. The new lab will boost the development of 5G apps and business models that can lead to better agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing, smarter cities, and improved lifestyles in the country.
“I would like to congratulate Ericsson for taking the lead in terms of setting up the first 5G Center of Excellence and Innovation Lab in the country,” said Shri Manoj Sinha, Minister of communication and Minister of State for Railways. “The 5G Center of Excellence supports the Government’s plans to foster a robust and vibrant 5G ecosystem in India. We want India to be an active participant in the design, development and manufacture of 5G-based technologies, products and apps.”
At IIT Delhi, Ericsson used a pre-commercial end-to-end system to demonstrate the first 5G over the air beam tracking in India. The company also used 3GPP 5G NR multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) antenna technology to provide a consistent mobile broadband communication.
“Ericsson is leading 5G standardization globally. The 5G Center of Excellence and Innovation Lab aims to stimulate the 5G ecosystem in India. We would like to unleash the creativity and innovation of the Indian industry, academia and entrepreneurs to fully leverage and make 5G a reality in India,” said Börje Ekholm, President and CEO, Ericsson.
According to Ericsson, 5G technology will add $27.3 billion (Rs 2730 crore) to the revenue generated in India by 2026. Plus, an additional revenue of $13 billion (Rs 1300 crore) can be generated if the operators in India become service enablers and service creators.
5G technology in India can be implemented for several use cases including industrial control and automation, autonomous driving, safety and traffic efficiency services, hospital applications etc.