Ericsson India is open to work with all IIT’s (Indian Institute of Technology) for 5G program.
Last year, Ericsson India signed an MoU with Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) to jointly roll out ‘5G for India’ program.
Speaking about the developments, Nitin Bansal, Head of Network Solutions Market Area South East Oceania and India at Ericsson said, “We are open to work with all all IITs for 5G. The IIT Delhi 5G test bed and incubation centre will help application developers to work under one roof and come out with different solutions.”
He said, “Ericsson is fully committed for 5G for India program.”
Ericsson has set up a Center of Excellence with a 5G test bed and incubation center at IIT Delhi and use this facility to drive the development of the country’s 5G ecosystem. In addition to hosting the Center of Excellence, IIT Delhi will conduct research and development to explore how some of the country’s challenges can be addressed with mobile technologies.
Speaking about how cost effective is 4G vis-a-vis 5G, Nitin said, “We have to come out with product which is saleable as cost is an an important criteria.”
Speaking to DigiAnalysys about availability of 5G handsets, Nitin Bansal said, “FPGA handsets are planned to be available by end-2018 and ASIC handsets are expected to arrive in the beginning of 2019.
Globally, Ericsson has bagged 5G deals from T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, Vodafone UK and Swisscom and commercial deployment is expected in 2018-19.