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Quad countries deliberating on common approach on 5G technology
The US, India, Japan and Australia are exploring to evolve a common approach on 5G telecom technology, expanding their strategic cooperation under the framework of Quadrilateral coalition or "Quad" which was primarily focused on the Indo-Pacific region.
September 26, 2020, 20:51 IST
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NEW DELHI: The US, India, Japan and Australia are exploring to evolve a common approach on 5G telecom technology, expanding their strategic cooperation under the framework of Quadrilateral coalition or "Quad" which was primarily focused on the Indo-Pacific region.
Officials of the four countries discussed the issue at a virtual meeting of the 'Quad' on Friday in the backdrop of growing reluctance by a significant number of countries in Europe and elsewhere to allow Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies to operate in their territories. It is learnt that India is already in touch with Japan for the development of 5G technology, and the issue was deliberated upon extensively during the first foreign and defence ministerial dialogue between the two strategic partners in November last year.
"Noting the importance of digital connectivity and secure networks, the officials discussed ways to promote the use of trusted vendors, particularly for fifth generation (5G) networks," a statement by the US said on Friday after the meeting. The US has banned Huawei over concerns of security, and Washington has been pressuring other countries to restrict the operations of the Chinese telecom major. Huawei has been eyeing India as a major market for its 5G technology.
People familiar with the issue said the proposed cooperation on 5G technology between India and Japan will be discussed threadbare at the annual India-Japan summit which is likely to take place by end of this year. The cooperation between India and Japan has been on an upswing in a range of critical areas in the last few years.
On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a telephonic conversation with his newly-appointed Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga during which they deliberated on the future direction of the Special Strategic and Global Partnership between the two countries. The discussion on the 5G technology at the Quad meeting also reflected how serious the four countries have been on the issue, the people familiar with the issue said.
In November 2017, the four countries gave shape to the long-pending proposal of setting up the "Quadrilateral" coalition or "Quad" to develop a new strategy to keep the critical sea routes in the Indo-Pacific free of any influence. However, the coalition is now expanding the sphere of their cooperation to other issues having geo-political ramifications.
The people said the issue of 5G technology is expected to figure prominently at a meeting of foreign ministers of the Quad member countries in Tokyo next month.
The issue of "risks" posed by Chinese communication networks was discussed at a high-level meeting between India and the US last year. The 5G is the next-generation cellular technology with download speeds stated to be 10 to 100 times faster than the current 4G LTE networks.
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I wonder why BSNL is bothering about rolling out 4G network when world is moving to 5G ?HFCL Building Reliance Jio FTTH Network Across 300 Cities, Seeks More Clarity on BSNL 4G
The fibre prices in the country are said to be “more or less stable” at Rs 280 per fibre kilometer.
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HFCL, a company engaged in the telecommunications infrastructure sector on Saturday said that it is currently implementing Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) network for Reliance Jio in about 300 cities across India. The development was shared by Mahendra Nahata, promoter and managing director of HFCL in its first quarter earnings call for the period ended June 30, 2020. Nahata said that the FTTH network has been a “great opportunity” for HFCL. Further, it was said that the company is expanding its capacity for fibre to home ecosystem by putting up a new facility in Hyderabad.
HFCL Implementing FTTH Network for Reliance Jio Across 300 Cities
Nahata said that HFCL is supplying the “entire range” of fibre optic cable in “large volume” to Reliance Jio. Further, Nahata said that the new production facility in Hyderabad would be active in the month of November.
“We are already expanding our capacity for FTTH fibre kind of a cable,” Nahata said in the first quarter earnings call. “Moreover, apart from that, accessories for FTTH cables are also being produced in our Chennai Facility and those are also being supplied in large quantity to Jio, which is the biggest, the largest implementation of FTTH network happening by Jio.”
Nahata said that the fibre prices in the country have been “more or less stable” at Rs 280 per fibre kilometer.
Additionally, Nahata said that the spectrum auction for 5G services is at least six to nine months away. Nahata said that the deployment of 5G would happen in one to one and half years from now, provided the auction happens in a six to nine months period.
HFCL Seeks More Clarity on BSNL 4G Network
Meanwhile, Nahata said that HFCL is not looking at BSNL 4G rollout as an “opportunity” due to multiple reasons including the lack of clarity on the equipment requirement and payment issues.
Nahata said that HFCL does not know what kind of equipment BSNL wants with its 4G network and “what kind of implementation” the operator plans with its 4G services.
Crucially, Nahata does not believe a “large number of companies” would participate in BSNL 4G rollout “unless there is a surety” on the payment plan. Further, Nahata said that the company would look for a “commitment” from the government on how the payment will be made or secured with regards to BSNL 4G network rollout.
HFCL on Saturday said that it is currently implementing Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) network for Reliance Jio in about 300 cities across India.telecomtalk.info
More fibre news :
CSC, an SPV under the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) through its Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLEs) has undertaken the task ..telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com
All modern WIFI networks nowadays work on 4G. They are providing only Local Area Network there IMOBSNL has strted 4G services inside the Atal Tunnel/Rohtang Tunnel. But how ? They didn't have 4G. They were trialing out Tech Mahindra's 4G network near Mumbai. Is this the first real world deployment ?
BSNL has installed three 4G BTSs in the Rohtang Tunnel, enabling users to stay connected at high speed when passing through the “longest motorable” tunnel.telecomtalk.info
Department of Space(DoS) doesn't want to give up mmWave spectrum for telco usage. This is the primary hurdle now, not sure how to solve it though :
The Department of Space (DoS) has objected to any airwaves allocation in the coveted 26 Ghz millimeter wave band for 5G services, saying it can cause ..telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com
And Nokia and Ericsson want to make 5G gear for Airtel in India. It seems Samsung is not the only vendor facing the heat :
Airtel says Nokia, Ericsson promised to provide locally made 5G gear
Bharti Airtel said that European vendors Nokia and Ericsson have given commitment to the telco to make 5G network equipment in India, allowing local telecom operators to source network elements locally and contribute towards building the economy.
By Danish Khan
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NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel said that European vendors Nokia and Ericsson have given commitment to the telco to make 5G network equipment in India, allowing local telecom operators to source network elements locally and contribute towards building the economy.
“The self-reliant vision of the country is key to the whole economy. Telcos’ role is very important or reliable service is very important, and I think telco should partner with the government of India in creating a Digital India,” Randeep Sekhon, CTO of Bharti Airtel said during a fireside session at the ETTelecom Digital Telco Virtual Summit 2020.
Sekhon said that its two partners Ericsson and Nokia will supply radio, core and transport equipment through their local factories in India. “They have promised to us that 5G also will be made here, which means in some way telcos are also contributing to the economy of the country by consuming something which is made here,” he added.
Airtel also works with Chinese gear vendors Huawei and ZTE in India for select circles. However, both Chinese vendors import their gear from other markets. Airtel is reducing its dependence on Chinese vendors, especially Huawei. It has already replaced Huawei in Rajasthan circle with Ericsson gear and is now in a process to do the same in Rest of Tamil Nadu circle.
Sekhon said that Airtel is already deploying 5G-ready technology in its wireless and backhaul networks. “A robust transport network is needed. 5G will need backhaul, which will be much larger than the backhaul of a 4G site needs because of the sheer spectrum 5G brings in. Backhaul readiness is what Airtel is doing.”
The executive also said that spectrum in E-band and V-band will be key to 5G backhaul in India, adding that the government will have to allow these bands at the earliest. For 5G, he said that huge investments will be required in terms of capex, including radio, core and transport. Sekhon revealed that Airtel is making a lot of efforts in “core and transport domains” to bring automation in time before 5G technology becomes a commercial reality in India.
“We are investing in tools, which are very easily portable to 5G. Similarly, the investments we make on the infrastructure side are 5G ready, we just will have to do commercial 5G licensing when we come to that,” he added. He emphasized about developing business-to-business (B2B) use cases in India around the 5G technology. “B2B use cases are something another challenge because it is not like a service. It's not like a broadband, you can go buy, put it the same in your phone and start using it. B2B use cases will have to be built by the industry.”
He said that industrial 4.0 revolution will be the “killer application” which 5G will enable. 5G will power smart factories allowing automation to work seamlessly with the help of higher bandwidth and ultra-low latency. “5G will find use cases where the latency requirement is low and the bandwidth requirement is high. There will be private 5G networks,” he said.
During the session, the executive said that Bharti Airtel supports OpenRAN technology as it allows efficiencies in the telecom network, and will allow the telco to further innovate. “OpenRAN is the step where RAN is now becoming also open where you can get hardware made by somebody and you can put software on it which will work on universal hardware. OpenRAN is now standardizing the things how it is so that anybody can make hardware and anybody software can be written on it. I think everybody will adopt going forward, because it opens up the possibilities of efficiency,” he added.
Airtel has already virtual RAN or vRAN using Altiostar software and Sercomm’s hardware on its small cells. “Small cell hardware was made by somebody else, software was made by Altiostar, we put it together and put automation on top of it, it is already working and serving our customers.”
Bharti Airtel said that European vendors Nokia and Ericsson have given commitment to the telco to make 5G network equipment in India, allowing local t..telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com