5G hiring doubled in India

5G hiring doubled in India

As India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has allocated the spectrum and agreed on trials and testing of 5G, more companies are showing interest in the 5th generation mobile network and technologies, said a study.

According to GlobalData, a data and analytics company, companies are looking to integrate 5G technologies into existing network elements and stepping-up research and development to provide customer management solutions.

"Jobs postings with ‘5G’ in the title have doubled between Q4 2020 and Q1 2021, " said the report.

Ajay Thalluri, Business Fundamentals Analyst at GlobalData, said: “Job postings have doubled between Q4 2020 and Q1 2021, indicating an increase in the demand for expertise in 5G domain. Popular roles include engineers specializing in networks, IP networking, software, firmware, and automation.”

The report said that India is emerging as one of the key markets for Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (Ericsson). Over 20% of the jobs posted since 1 January 2020 are in India with the company looking at cellular and radio network prospects.

Cisco Systems Inc. is investing US$5bn to fund 5G projects globally, including India. The company posted over 30% 5G jobs in India since 1 January 2020. Cisco’s 5G-related hiring is dominated by engineers for cloud core and packet core teams to enable virtualized cloud services.

Other companies such as Dell Technologies (Dell) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (HP) that offer 5G-enabled devices are hiring for experts in 5G domain.

With a host of companies looking at various 5G use cases in India, hiring could go beyond conventional telecom end-use. Hiring is also likely to increase over the coming months with companies exploring various components of the 5G value chain, said the report.

In the meantime, Indian companies are also on a hiring spree after the government has permitted telecom operators such as Reliance Jio Infocomm, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea, and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) to conduct trials for 5G with help from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and technology providers for end-use and applications.