Ericsson has established a Centre of Excellence (CoE) and Innovation Lab for 5G in the country at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. A first of its kind 5G platform, which has been set up by Ericsson for Indian industry and academia to leverage, was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Minister of Communications (I/C) and Minister of State for Railways, Govt. of India – Shri Manoj Sinha. together with Börje Ekholm, President and CEO, Ericsson.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Manoj Sinha, said, “I would like to congratulate Ericsson for taking the lead in terms of setting up the first 5G Center of Excellence and Innovation Lab in the country. The 5G Center of Excellence supports the Government’s plans to foster a robust and vibrant 5G ecosystem in India.”
Börje Ekholm, President and CEO, Ericsson, said: “Ericsson is leading 5G standardization globally. The 5G Center of Excellence and Innovation Lab aims to stimulate the 5G ecosystem in India. We would like to unleash the creativity and innovation of the Indian industry, academia and entrepreneurs to fully leverage and make 5G a reality in India.”
Prof. V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi told,“ We at IIT Delhi are committed to collaborating with industry and Government to develop technologies that enable connectivity for millions. We take pride in hosting the Ericsson Center of Excellence and Innovation Lab, thereby playing a pivotal role for the industry and academia to come together, test out new technologies and explore the full potential of 5G.”
Ericsson demonstrated the first live 5G demonstration of beam forming and beam tracking technologies in the country. The demonstration included 3GPP 5G NR Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) antenna technology with adaptive beam forming and beam tracking techniques to deliver robust and sustained mobile broadband communications. As per an Ericsson report, 5G enabled digitization revenue potential in India will be US $27.3 billion by 2026. The Indian operators can generate additional revenue of US$ 13 Billion or half of the stated potential if they take up roles beyond being Connectivity and infrastructure providers to become service enablers and service creators.