New Delhi: India is building capabilities in academia, industry and setting up innovation centers to develop 5G use cases that will be relevant for both local and international markets, a high government officials.
“This IIT Madras consortium testbed is one of the very bold steps from the Indian government. Around Rs 224 crores has been invested to build a native testbed,” said Kishore Babu, Deputy Director General in the telecommunications department at a panel discussion at the fifth edition of the ETTelecom 5G Congress – 2022.
The testbed is almost ready and in the process of unraveling for industrial use, he said. Charges for testbed access are made affordable considering startups and the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) ecosystem.
Private players are also setting up their own testbeds taking advantage of the government’s liberalized experimental spectrum policy for internal R&D and internal manufacturing framework, Babu added.
When it comes to 5G deployments, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea see 5G delivering benefits for both retail customers and businesses due to its characteristics of hyper-capacity, low latency, and high concurrencies.
“In our tests, we have really shown that we can achieve over 200 Mbps throughputs even in the 3.5 gigahertz band more than 10 kilometers away from the site… 5G has the power to actually connect to India more intensively compared to what has been done of 4G. do, ”said Sandeep Gupta, EVP (Network Strategy & Architecture), Bharti Airtel.
He said the millimeter-wave band will provide ‘fiber like’ wireless connectivity to businesses.
Vodafone Idea said a “paradigm shift” is taking place with the introduction of ultra-reliable low-latency communication (uRLLC), machine to machine (M2M) type communications over mobile broadband.
“There are a lot of architectural changes happening where we can see the incision as much as possible. In order for you to build a private network, you can create tailor made networks and industry -specific use cases that can be built … everything can be built quickly. of this with the help of 5G, ”said Rajesh Singh, EVP – Radio Technology Planning, Vodafone Idea.
On the issue of security challenges in a 5G network, Saurabh Tewari, Director and Chief Technology Officer (Telecom), India, Dell Technologies, said, “Technologies like network slicing in 5G, intrinsically defining metrics that are not not only improves network performance but also separates cuts., making them more vulnerable.So it becomes increasingly difficult for one part of the network, whether it is compromised, to go ahead and compromise or result in the vulnerability of another section. of the network. “
Vinod Joseph, Technical Leader APJ & China, VMware said it is important to align security standards. “It’s good to be open source. But at the same time, you also need to conform to industry standards such as 3GPP or any other industry standards that specify security parameters ”.
Joseph said, adherence to industry -wide security benchmarks such as the Center of Internet Security (CIS), or the Network Information Systems Directive (NISD) is also required.
Aps Chikhalikar, Head of Telecom, Media and Tech (APJ), ServiceNow emphasizes that timely detection and resolution of vulnerabilities is as important as automating workflows.
“Once you identify some kind of vulnerability, the ability to actually respond to it promptly with the right people is also critical and having that posture to begin with is critical to overcoming some of these threats that will occur,” he said. said Chikhalikar in a panel discussion, moderated by Mansi Taneja of ETTelecom.