India is gearing up for 5G telecom services. Huawei – the globally renowned information and communications technology-solutions provider (ICT) has opened up discussions with the major Indian telecom operators help them upgrade to 5G technology. According to a highly placed source, this upgrade will come into effect by 2018 by all means. Both the parties are now streamlining things so that the standard trials for the 5G technology may start at the earliest.

While briefing selected members of media over the issue, the Senior Solutions Director, Huawei Telecommunications, Mr. Radhey Shyam Sarda was quoted to have said, “4G and 4G evolution is what is getting them [telcos] revenue today and for future, they need to prepare for 5G. We have also been doing some technology and solution workshop with them to guide them how to evolve their network and prepare for 5G…5G will happen in line with the global timeline….”

In fact, Mr. Sarda even mentioned that some elements of the telecom 5G services have already been launched into the market through the LTE-A technology. According to industry veterans, migration to the fifth-generation (5G) telecom technology will open up untapped doors of possibilities for the country. Among many other things, it will brighten up the prospects in machine-to-machine communication and the IoT development. In addition to that, it can also connect the smart cities of the country.

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In the backdrop of this development, the Indian government has already set the ball rolling to introduce 5G telecom services. On basis of anonymity, a top government official from the Ministry of Communications tipped that the department has already instructed the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to suggest the starting price for 5G airwaves.

On the other hand, the Union Minister of Communications, Shree Manoj Sinha has recently been quoted to have said, “While the buzz today is 4G, we are already gearing ourselves for the introduction of 5G. We need to think of and prepare for an ecosystem where Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are mainstream, and connectivity is seamless, designed to improve the quality of e-governance and education, as well as to enable financial inclusion, smart cities, and an intelligent transportation system amongst other things.”

However, technical experts opine that there has to be a proper overhauling of the existing infrastructure before introducing 5G to India. Most importantly, the cloud technology has to be approached proactively to build digitized networks to ensure optimum utilization of the 5G network.