According to media reports in India quoting government officials, starting next year, first large-scale trials for 5G technology would be initiate din India by the country’s telecommunication department.
South Korean tech giant Samsung has been chosen to be the partner of the tiral and will assist the government with examining the extent of possibility of implementing the next generation telecom technology.
This huge announcement was made during the second edition of the India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2018 which was held in the Indian capital city of New Delhi.
“5G will be the key to bring smart factories, smart cities and smart agriculture to a new, digitalised India,” Youngky Kim, President and Head of Networks Business at Samsung Electronics, said in his keynote address on the inaugural day of the three-day event.
According to officials, the primary aim of organizing and holding the congress is to discuss the possibilities of how the new communications technology would impact the future of Indian telecom services.
The data driven growth in of the Indian telecom industry was a matter of confidence, said Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani. He added that he was confident of Indian telecommunications becoming completely ready for 4G technology by 2020.
“By 2020, I believe that India will be a fully-4G country and ready for 5G ahead of others. Every phone in India will be a 4G-enabled phone and every customer will have access to 4G connectivity,” he said. “India will be 5G-ready ahead of others.”
Here was a host of heads of telecom giants at the event who also shared the dais with each other.
More details of the 5G trials were revealed official sources who said that the field trials, aided by Samsung, would start during the first quarter of next year in India.
Samsung has had earlier experience of handling 5G technology as the company has coordinated with various service providers to launch commercial 5G services in two cities in the U.S. and is slated to begin commercial 5G services later this year in South Korea. In India, Samsung partners with Reliance Jio India network for providing 4G technology.
“Right now we are working very closely with the Department of Telecom (in India). We expect to do India trials in the first quarter… it will be in New Delhi,” Samsung India senior vice president and head (network business) Srinivasan Sundararajan told the media, regarding their 5G launch in India.
Sources said that Jio India will be the only prime partner in consideration for Samsung’s 5G trails
(Adapted from Xinhuanet.com)