Hard on the heels of the headline news about India’s first 5G services going live, a number of other announcements from the private sector have underlined the opportunity next generation technology is seen as offering Indian tech companies.
HFCL, a local telecom equipment manufacturer and technology provider, is one such. It has announced the launch of 5G Lab-as-a-Service, which, it says, provides an automated test environment for the private sector, academia and government to work together on product innovations from concept to reality.
Not to be outdone, Tata Communications, a global digital ecosystem enabler, has launched a dedicated Private 5G Global Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Pune to accelerate Industry 4.0 applications and capabilities for enterprises.
Tata Communications says it will be able to demonstrate private 5G use cases such as automated quality inspection of equipment using video and image analytics, inventory management and asset tracking, warehouse theft detection, AR/VR-based remote worker collaboration, and video-powered retail purchase, to name only a few.
The company already has two CoEs in Delhi and Mumbai, engaged in designing, building and demonstrating multiple Internet of Things (IoT) use cases.
Then there are chip maker MediaTek and IoT platforms and cloud computing solutions provider Invendis, which have announced a strategic collaboration to roll out 5G and Wi-Fi router solutions.
The new ‘Silboa’ product line upgrades the Invendis business and industrial communication solutions portfolio to include 4G/5G routers with Wi-Fi 4/5/6 standards, supporting multi-WAN, VPN, SD WAN and NMS, across business verticals. The product line features a number of MediaTek's networking and connectivity solutions.
The collaboration will, the partners say, enable a comprehensive portfolio of solutions and significant manufacturing capabilities in India.
Not to be outdone, the Indian government has announced plans to set up 100 labs for 5G technology across India. According to Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, at least 12 of them will be used to train students and conduct experiments.