Transformation to 5G, Nokia supporting Airtel and BSNL Could you believe that the nation likely strides on the road to 5G? Yes, it is. Nokia, the Finnish gear builder is working with Bharti Airtel and BSNL to transform the prevailing networks to 5G which will be appropriate for the Indian market. Nokia had recently joined memorandum of understanding (MoU) agreements with telco giants Airtel and BSNL. The commercial startup of 5G technology would happen likely around 2019 – 2020 worldwide and field, content and application trials would initiate in India around 2018. These resources were uttered by Sanjay Malik, head of India market at Nokia. Thoughts behind these MoUs would be to make known about 5G in India and research the steps required, identify applications to define target segment leading to a real time 5G strategy for telcos. It is well known that Nokia provides 4G gears already for Airtel’s network in nine circles (Gujarat, Bihar, UP East, Mumbai, MP, West Bengal, Odisha, Punjab and Kerala. Currently it has showed off as the lowest bidder for BSNL’s phase-8 expansion and now working on APO for the telecom operator in addition to the launch of 5G. BSNL is presently working on arranging the foundation for 5G. The government is planning to auction spectrum in bands over 3000MHz reportedly which is a step in the right path since 3.5GHz has been taken in globally for the first set of 5G so far. Amit Marwah, head, End-to-End Sales Solutioning, India market at Nokia said, “5G is moving very fast, so it is important to start discovering and looking at the possibility of what spectrum exists in India and start working on it… if you look at the overall ecosystem and how 5G is developing, it is not only about 3.5 Ghz or 700 MHz, but also about millimetre waves and centimetre waves and gigahertz of spectrum going forward”. Marwah told that India is standing at par with any other place in the world today in terms of technology and Nokia want to leverage that opportunity here. He also said that the thought behind collaborations is to find the need in the local market and look at the possibility of rural connectivity, agricultural IoT (Internet of Things) needed for the country. He mentioned that the ultra-broadband, reducing latency to milliseconds and to connect machine-to-machine and IoT devices are the three major growth drivers for 5G technology globally and to India also. Use cases such as medical IoT, Industrial 4.0, connected cars, smart city IoT and ultra-broadband have been recognized globally now. Nokia has started developing an experience center within its research and development centre (Bengaluru) to attempt to find out the stakeholder requirements for 5G in India and maximize its efforts towards the achievement. It is familiar that the whole cycle of 2G took ten years to develop in the world, 3G little less and 4G very much lesser and 5G is only few steps behind to reach.