Nokia To Start Trials Of 5G Networks In India Soon

by CXOtoday News Desk    May 26, 2016

NokiaIndia is yet to o see full-scale roll out of 4G technology based mobile voice and data services but Nokia Networks has already initiated talks with with telecom operators to start trials of next generation 5G networks.

In India, Nokia Networks is part of Telecommunications Standards Development Society which is working on 5G, and is in discussion with telecom operators to start 5G trials. The Finnish telecom equipment maker is already testing the fifth-generation networks with global telecom giants like US-based Verizon, Korean SK Telecom and Japan’s NTT Docomo.

The 5G technology will guarantee delivery of 100 megabit per second speed at homes and will be capable of handling 1000 times more data traffic when it will be commercialised by 2020, Nokia Networks Head of Mobile Broadband Milivoj Vela said. Talking about 5G networks, Vela said that 5G will focus on data services while voice calls will be facilitated through 4G technology.

“It will be used for purposes beyond voice and data communications carried by people today. It will has less than 1 millisecond latency that will be used by machines for quick action like for to stop in case it identifies any obstacle, surgery from remote location etc”, PTI report published in Times of India quoted Vela as saying. 

“Discussion about spectrum (at global level) in which 5G will operate will finish by 2019. Commercial 5G deployment will start in 2020. Then you will see 100 mbps guaranteed speed everywhere,” he added.

He said that 5G will operate in spectrum band above 6000 Mhz and the technology will be launched in phases.

“One cell (mobile antenna) in 5G will be able to handle 1000 times more data traffic in 2020 compared to data traffic in 2010. We have already achieved 1 million devices connected to single cell site and 30 gbps speed on 73 Ghz band in lab,” Vela said.

Indian telcos are still investing in 4G technology to roll out the fourth generation networks and large parts of the country are yet to be covered under the high-speed data and voice services. At present spectrum band between 700 Mhz and 2.6 Ghz are available for mobile services in India. Wifi services are generally used between 2.4 Ghz to 5.9 Ghz.

“Already 4G is taking voice calling to high definition voice calls and voice call cannot be better than this. 5G will about high quality data experience. It will enhance telepresence (web conferencing) to a level where one will not feel the difference if a person is in room or on telepresence,” Vela said.