New Delhi (PTI): Nokia Networks is in talks withIndian telecom operators to start trials of next generation 5G networks even as the country is yet to see full-scale roll outof 4G technology based mobile voice and data services.
The Finnish telecom equipment maker is already testing the fifth-generation networks with global telecom giants like US-based Verizon, Korean SK Telecom and Japan’s NTT Docomo.
The 5G technology will guarantee delivery of 100 megabitper second speed at homes and will be capable of handling 1000times more data traffic when it will be commercialised by2020, Nokia Networks Head of Mobile Broadband Milivoj Velasaid on the sidelines of an event today.
In India, Nokia Networks is part of TelecommunicationsStandards Development Society which is working on 5G, and isin discussion with telecom operators to start 5G trials.
However, Indian telcos are still investing in 4G technology to roll out the fourth generation networks and large parts of the country are yet to be covered under the high-speed data and voice services.
Talking about 5G networks, Vela said that 5G will focuson data services while voice calls will be facilitatedthrough 4G technology.
“It will be used for purposes beyond voice and datacommunications carried by people today. It will has less than1 millisecond latency that will be used by machines for quickaction like for to stop in case it identifies any obstacle,surgery from remote location etc.” “Discussion about spectrum (at global level) in which5G will operate will finish by 2019. Commercial 5G deploymentwill start in 2020. Then you will see 100 mbps guaranteedspeed everywhere,” Vela said.
He said that 5G will operate in spectrum band above6000 Mhz and the technology will be launched in phases.
“One cell (mobile antenna) in 5G will be able tohandle 1000 times more data traffic in 2020 compared to datatraffic in 2010. We have already achieved 1 million devicesconnected to single cell site and 30 gbps speed on 73 Ghz bandin lab,” Vela said.
At present spectrum band between 700 Mhz and 2.6 Ghzare available for mobile services in India. Wifi services aregenerally used between 2.4 Ghz to 5.9 Ghz.
“Already 4G is taking voice calling to high definitionvoice calls and voice call cannot be better than this. 5G willabout high quality data experience. It will enhancetelepresence (web conferencing) to a level where one will notfeel the difference if a person is in room or ontelepresence,” Vela said.
Nokia in talks with Indian telcos over 5G networks