A Delhi-based telecommunications group believes that technologies such as IoT, AI, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) can potentially be used to make local 5G-centric services available in many areas. multiple sectors such as health, education and agriculture.
“The Internet of Things as a technology has been thriving for a few years now and has positioned itself strongly in India for continued growth in the age of 5G. Artificial intelligence can be widely used in agriculture, ”SP Kochhar, the chief executive of the Cell Operators Association of India (COAI) told ETTelecom.
Comments from the telecom body drew close to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) spectrum allocation in the 700 MHz, 3500 MHz and 26 GHz bands to develop relevant local use cases based on 5G.
COAI represents incumbent telecommunications operators as well as multinational network generation technology providers such as Nokia, Ericsson, Huawei, ZTE, Cisco, Ciena and Juniper in India.
Telecom operators have requested a test spectrum to explore and demonstrate India-specific use cases that they believe can facilitate the commercial launch of next-generation services and can also attract large business customers to a moment when the average revenue per user remains high. unchanged.
Metropolises and a few large cities are expected to see early 5G deployments while, according to a study by Motilal Oswal Financial Services Limited (MOFSL), capital spending (capex) for the launch of 5G in metropolitan cities and “A” circles Should be in the range of Rs 78,800 crore to Rs 1.3 lakh crore.
COAI, however, said “government policies and interventions” can help accelerate the adoption of 5G-backed IoT in the country.
According to him, the factors likely to trigger IoT applications include the low cost of storing and computing data on the cloud platform, emerging trends in advanced computing, falling costs of data, sensors, of devices and the availability of mobile application development platforms.
Following the Covid-19 pandemic, IoT is expected to drive a significant transformation in the healthcare sector. “Hospital medication and waste management, robotic surgery, real-time health monitoring and diagnostics via IoT are expected to see increased adoption. “
Bharti Airtel works with Swedish equipment maker Ericsson on aerial drones for security and surveillance purposes, and to drop relief supplies in emergency situations.
Reliance Jio, owned by billionaire Mukesh Ambani, and Korean networks Samsung have been working on virtual classrooms and have already demonstrated the delivery of high definition content.
Kochhar believes that the introduction of futuristic technologies such as augmented reality and virtual reality in classrooms can redefine the education and skills of students. “Augmented reality and virtual reality require higher bandwidth, lower latency and lower network resiliency. Thus, the advent of 5G, coupled with the use of these technologies, will lead to a much more advanced and technology-centric educational landscape. “
According to the telecommunications group, the first tests are already taking place at the University of Bristol and King’s College London using the 5G test network, and armed forces around the world are already using advanced virtual cockpits to train pilots of hunt.
Consulting firm Delotte, in a recent study, said that 5G offers several potential use cases across industry verticals, which can be categorized as enhanced mobile broadband, massive Internet of Things, and mission-critical applications. .
“With 5G, pilots would not be limited to pre-programmed scenarios and locations. Instead, training data could be captured and sent to the cloud for processing, and then new scenarios and challenges can be sent back to the simulator. in direct response to their leaflet, “he added.
Earlier, Defense Secretary Ajay Kumar told ETTelecom that the Indian Armed Forces are ready to switch to next-generation supported networks, given the use of AI and unmanned vehicles in the future. .
“The algorithms can be used to monitor crop and soil health, where AI-based analysis solutions are used to plan events such as crop harvest, pest control and fertilization to optimize the returns, ”Kochhar added.
Ericsson has already demonstrated high-end sensors to track the flow of the Godavari River to optimally distribute water to farmers for agricultural purposes and to minimize flooding.