Samsung has said India will come up with its own 5G specific use cases that can be applied to other markets and it will make sure the use cases are supported by the company.
Srini Sundarajan, Samsung India senior vice president, told Economic Times, “Government as part of the 5G forum included many partners who are focusing on identifying specific use cases [for India]. We just want to make sure the technology is available to support any of these uses cases.”
The government intends to develop 5G use cases around farming, education and next-gen manufacturing. Sundarajan told ET the Korean telecom gear maker is working with Japan on the education front, which will be useful for India.
He said the company is working with the telecom department to help devise the 5G roadmap for the country to “ensure that we are able to show the value of 5G to all relevant people in government and partners of the government.”
Huawei claimed last month that it can do field trials for the rollout of 5G in India within 20 days of getting approval from the government. Jay Chen, India CEO of the Chinese telecom gearmaker, had told media at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, “The day we get approval from the department of telecommunications and spectrum is allotted, we can get a 5G trial up and running within 20 days.”
Sundarajan too said that Samsung is ready for 5G field trials in India, and is awaiting clarity from the government’s telecom department (DoT).
India is targeting 2020 for the 5G rollout, but it hasn’t allocated spectrum to operators even for a trial. The telecom department had earlier invited vendors Ericsson, Samsung, Nokia, Huawei and Cisco to conduct 5G field trials in the country and test use cases. The department is expected to provide 100 MHz of spectrum for these field trials in the country, along with the backhaul support.
On February 25, the department formed a committee to make recommendations related to licensing for carrying out 5G pilots, and also asked for the quantum, size, price and other aspects for offering experimental spectrum.