According to recent report by the economic times India, Samsung said the 5G launch in India will depend on customer availability and the price scenario of 5G devices that could create a 5G like experience in the country.
“The right time is any time when the device ecosystem is available. The devices will have to come to the India prices. Currently, a lot of focus is to replace the 2G handsets by bringing very low-cost handsets. On the 5G front, the same kind of concept will happen, first,” says Srinivasan Sundararajan, network business division head, Samsung India.
“5G could be used for wireless fiber where it can actually replace the last mile. In urban India, it could be extremely beneficial. It’s not reaching all the high-rises and enterprises where it needs to reach and you just can’t dig up anymore and put fiber to reach every one of the enterprises and every one of the homes, that’s where 5G can really pick up,” he added.
“The government is very proactive in ensuring that India is in the forefront of 5G and I do believe that with some of the initiatives like Smart City, you will see some of the use cases becoming a reality once 5G is there. I do believe that India will drive in 5G much earlier than the previous technologies,” the executive added.
To complete this task Samsung is partnering with Reliance Jio Infocomm, the current dominator of the 4G mobile service in India. Jio has completely dominated the network across the country.
Now, Samsung and JIO are ready to boost the way for a fully digital India into a whole new era. Samsung will supply Jio with equipment to boost LTE network coverage and capacity, and deploy a next-generation cellular IoT network across the country.
“We make sure Jio is always at the forefront of any technology that is coming into the marketplace because we are ready for any new technology,” Sundararajan said.
The Indian government has marked 5G airwaves on 3300-3400 MHz and 3400-3600 MHz bands for the next spectrum auction and expecting a price recommendation from telecom regulator. The telecom department scheduled to present a roadmap of 5G technology in the country by June and the government committed to supporting this effort via a separate budget for such technology. With all these things in mind, Indian government marked 2020 to spread 5G services across the country.