No slowing down of decision making in such mkt; Telecom Operators Focused on Demand-Based Capacities: Ericsson Ind
The Swedish telecom equipment supplier said it was “fully prepared” for the 5G rollout in India as the rollouts unfold, but it is up to the government and policymakers to decide on the actual timelines.
Asked whether the second severe wave of COVID led to a slowdown in decision making in the telecommunications market, Nitin Bansal, managing director of Ericsson India and head of Ericsson network solutions for South East Asia, Oceania and India told PTI: haven’t seen this “.
“Data consumption continues, I haven’t seen any reduction at all. Operators are working hard to manage capacity as demand-driven. Everyone is responsible for their own employees, everyone is working very responsibly. , and whenever there is a need for an increase in capacity., managing capacity is happening, ”Bansal said.
Telecommunications services have been classified as essential services amid the COVID-induced lockdown and movement restrictions in various states. Standards of remote working and social distancing have taken data usage to new heights, prompting telecom operators to invest in network capacity.
Bansal said Ericsson is fully prepared for 5G deployments in India, supported by the confidence stemming from its global trade agreements and various live networks. 5G would offer a multitude of opportunities for consumers and business applications.
“We have worked across the world in different countries, both with different types of traffic profiles and different types of spectrum. And we are ready with what is needed for the 5G deployment in India,” Bansal said. .
The company is optimistic about the prospects for 5G in India.
“If you look at why we are so convinced that 5G is necessary for India, one of them is our consumer survey (indicating) the willingness of consumers to pay more for 5G services, as they seek a robust and reliable connectivity layer, ”he said.
The willingness to pay more for 5G would also translate into a better average revenue per user or ARPU for Indian operators.
“There is also revenue potential that 5G brings, we have seen it globally and it is relevant for India as well,” Bansal said.
A recent report from Ericsson estimated that India could potentially have 40 million 5G users in the first year when the next-gen service is made available to them. According to the Ericsson ConsumerLab report, consumers have shown themselves willing to pay 50% more for 5G plans associated with digital services, when they want to pay 10% more for 5G connectivity only.
On whether the delay in spectrum auction deadlines could dampen India’s aspirations for a robust 5G game, Bansal said: “We have seen the benefits of what 5G brings to consumers and consumers. This is not about missing the bus, as it is an evolving technology. So its basic needs are the availability of an affordable and adequate amount of spectrum. Once that is available, we can start the bus. deployment process “.
The exact timing of the 5G deployment is up to the regulator and the government to decide, he argued.
“We can only say we’re ready for deployments, whenever they start to happen,” Bansal said.
On the production-linked incentive program (PLI) for telecommunications and networking products, the company said it was reviewing the policy and had yet to respond to a call. final.
Ericsson was the first supplier of telecommunications equipment to start manufacturing in India in 1994, Bansal pointed out.
“Since then, from our installation in Pune, we have been meeting all the supply needs in India and we have also started exporting 4G and 5G equipment to other countries. From the point of view of deployment and production capacity, we are perfectly prepared, ”he added. Bansal said.
With regard to the PLI program, the company “looks at the policy”.
“We will make a decision based also on the timelines for the 5G auctions, because in terms of the boost and the capacity available in our manufacturing facility, we are doing well at the moment,” he said.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) recently allocated spectrum to operators to start 5G trials in the country. The trials will be conducted at various locations including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Gujarat, Hyderabad, among others, according to industry sources.
Telecommunications operators have been allocated spectrum in the 700 MHz bands, 3.3-3.6 gigahertz (Ghz) band and 24.25-28.5 GHz band at different locations.
The allocation of the test spectrum came after the DoT on May 4 approved requests from Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and MTNL to conduct 5G trials without using technologies from Chinese companies.
The DoT had approved 5G trials with Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung and C-DOT. In addition, Reliance Jio Infocomm will conduct trials using its own native technology. PTI MBI BAL
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