D.P. De was the guest of honour, while the introductory address was given by Adrian Scrase, Head of Mobile Competence Centre, 3GPP & CTO, ETSI. The list of speakers also included Shyam P. Mardikar, CTO (Mobile Networks), Bharti Airtel Limited, Radhey Shyam Sarda, Director – Wireless Solution Sales, Huawei, Jalaj Choudhri, EVP (Networks), Reliance Communications Limited, Rajan S Mathews, Director General, Cellular Operators Association of India, Chandan Kumar, Director - Marketing & Public Affairs, Huawei, Dharma Rajan, Lead NFV Solutions Architect, VMware, USA.
5G for Digital Transformation conference speakers were: Sushil Kumar, ITS, Dy. Director General (IoT), Telecommunication Engineering Centre, Dharma Rajan, Lead NFV Solutions Architect, VMware, USA.
Rajesh Singh, Advisor – Telco, Red Hat India, spoke on Network Transformation: Role of NFV for 5G, while Sandeep Kapoor, Country Head – Marketing and Business Development, Keysight Technologies, Pankaj Kitchlu, Service Provider Systems Engineering Leader, India & SAARC, Juniper Networks, Ramarao Anil, Head – Product Support, Development & Applications, Rohde & Schwarz India, delivered their words on Role of Opensource in 5G.
Vic Sharma, Director of Business Operations, TrustInSoft, spoke on Demystifying 5G, Massive MIMO and Challenges.
Technical Session II- Key trends and drivers shaping 5G had these speakers: Dinesh Chand Sharma, Director - Standardization, Policy & Regulation, Seconded European Standardization Expert in India (SESEI), Bharat Bhatia, President, ITU-APT Foundation of India.
Krishna Sirohi, Founder & President, i2TB Research Foundation, spoke on ITU activities on 5G and 5G for Emergency communications, while Monika Gupta, Telecom Consultant, spoke on Emerging Eco-system for the development of indigenous 5G Products and Solutions.
Col. Inderjeet Singh, Director – Smart Cities & Defence, Scanpoint Geomatics Ltd. Spoke on Massive IoT - the key driver for 5G & Internet of things – Security Challenges:
The conference was organized by Bharat Exhibitions with support from COAI, 3GPP, TSDSI and saw massive participation from various telecommunication industry verticals including networks, service providers, manufacturers etc. The introductory address and inaugural discussion regarding the future of 5G was initiated by Adrian Scrase, Chief Technical Officer, ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute and Head of 3GPP MCC (Mobile Competence Core).
“5G will be an overarching umbrella of networks rather than a replacement technology, and will usher in significant economic, political and environmental benefits,” pointed out Adrian Scrase.
According to industry representatives and sector experts gathered at the venue, the key drivers for 5G rollout and adoption is going to be massive anticipated increase in data consumption, fast increasing digitalized life and services, growth of smart cities and the need to have an all encompassing network architecture which can utilized all available spectrum band rather than replace the existing networks.
“Connected devices, digitized lifestyle where almost every aspect of human life will be consumed digitally calls for a new paradigm shift in telecommunication eco-system,” said Shyam P Mardikar, CTO (Mobile Networks), Bharti Airtel Limited.
“We have moved from the Voice phase to Video consumption and next phase will be Virtuality which will demand humungous data availability and networks have to evolve to keep pace. This will be a real challenge,” added Mardikar. He also pointed out that networks will have to become flat, ubiquitous and nearer to consumers in the coming days to cater to fast changing digitized life style.
5G will address the requirements of coming decade said Radhey Shyam Sarda, Director, Wireless Solution Sales, Huawei. He also pointed out that 5G architecture is targeting different spectrum bands where each will play different roles and within the emerging scheme of things, C-band and Group 30/40 is emerging as the globally harmonized bands.
Enhanced user experience, dynamic spectrum sharing, pairing of bands will be the mainstay of 5G architecture added Sarda.
Rajan S Mathews, Director General, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), said that consumers side demand, resource deployment and commercial viability will be the main drivers for the operators for 5G rollout.
“It may be easy to rollout 5G in a country like Japan or South Korea but India is a fundamentally different market with diverse needs. There would be huge financial and structural challenges. We have to make India specific case for 5G,” advised Mathews.
VMware network function virtualisation common platform architecture has proven to be the deployment model for mobile core solutions says VMWare. It will become the foundation for 5G Networks.
Besides the above mentioned industry leaders, the inaugural session was presented by Jalaj Choudhri, EVP (Networks), Reliance Communications Ltd; Mr. Chandan Kumar, Director – Marketing & Public Affairs, Huawei; Mr. Dharma Rajan, Lead NFV Solutions Architect, VMWare, USA.
Experts across board did agree that sooner or later the telecommunication services will migrate to 5G architecture and time has come to start serious preparation for standardization and network up-gradation.
Inaugural session was followed by two technical sessions which deliberated on a host of issues related to 5G ecosystem including network up-gradation, product support and development, policy & regulation, IoT, security challenges and other issues.
Making 5G India 2017 a truly global platform to conduct business, global players such as Huawei, VMWare, Keysight Technologies, Juniper, RedHat, Rohde & Schwarz, RV Solutions and TrustinSoft showcased and presented their innovative and cutting edge technologies to 500 plus industry audience at the event.
Leading mobile phone and broadband services providers will join hands and approach a key inter-ministerial panel to seek reservation of 5G airwaves from Geneva-based International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
The companies want ITU to reserve efficient sub-1GHz spectrum in the 614-698 MHz frequency band for commercial 5G services .
Three leading telecom lobby groups, viz. the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), London-based GSMA and Broadband India Forum (BIF), will come together to back reservation of airwaves in the 614-698 MHz frequency band for super-fast 5G mobile broadband networks.
The ITU will be holding a meeting in the US in June, inviting senior officials of the department of telecom to articulate India's position on preferred 5G spectrum bands before the next spectrum auction of 5G airwaves.
ITU is a multinational collective effort between governments and private companies to deal with global spectrum management issues. In case ITU decides to back India's proposal, device makers might go for mass production of 5G phones that will operate on the cost-efficient 614698 MHz band.