Ericsson Establishes 5G Center of Excellence, Innovation Lab in India
Thursday, July 05, 2018 | Comments

Ericsson established a center of excellence (CoE) and innovation lab for 5G at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. Indian industry and academia can leverage the lab.

"The 5G center of excellence supports the government's plans to foster a robust and vibrant 5G ecosystem in India,” said Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha. “We want India to be an active participant in the design, development and manufacture of 5G-based technologies, products and apps. I would therefore like to urge the industry, academia, students and start-ups to leverage the Ericsson innovation lab to develop new 5G-based apps and business models that could potentially lead to better agricultural yields, better healthcare, smarter cities, more efficient manufacturing and enhanced lifestyles. We need the entire ecosystem to work together to make 5G a reality in India over the next two to three years."

An Ericsson report predicts 5G-enabled digitization revenue potential in India will be US$27.3 billion by 2026. The Indian operators can generate additional revenue of US$13 billion or half of the stated potential if they take up roles beyond being connectivity and infrastructure providers to become service enablers and service creators. The largest opportunity will be seen in sectors such as manufacturing, energy and utilities followed by public safety and health sectors. Applications include industrial control and automation, autonomous driving, safety and traffic efficiency services, hospital applications and medical data management, Ericsson said.

Ericsson conducted India's first 5G over-the-air beam tracking demonstration on 3.5 GHz spectrum using a pre-commercial end-to-end system. The demonstration includes 3GPP 5G new radio (NR) multiple input multiple output (MIMO) antenna technology with adaptive beam-forming and beam-tracking techniques to deliver robust and sustained mobile broadband communications. By beam steering, a highly focused beam, a stronger radio signal with higher data throughput, is delivered across a greater distance using less energy. The results are spectral efficiency enhancement and gains for capacity, cell-edge throughput and mean user throughput.

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