Ericsson and IIT Delhi to Roll Out ‘5G for India Program’

Swedish firm Ericsson and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly roll out a ‘5G for India’ program. Ericsson has agreed to set up a Center of Excellence with a 5G test bed and incubation center at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi and use this facility to drive the development of India’s 4.5G and 5G ecosystems.

“The program will focus on delivering research, innovation and industrial pilots that use next-generation 5G networks as an enabler. It will help initiate cross-industry research collaborations focused on the integration of ICT in industry processes, products and services,” Paolo Colella, Head of Region India at Ericsson, said.

Ericsson and IIT-D to Collaborate on 5G

The first series of tests will begin in the second half of 2017 in India, while globally limited deployment and 5G trials are expected to start by mid-2018 and commercial availability is likely in 2020.

Business Insider reports that in addition to hosting the Center of Excellence, the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, will conduct research and development to explore how some of the country’s challenges can be addressed with mobile technologies and how smart cities can be developed.


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California-based management consultant Gunjan Bagla runs Amritt, a consulting firm helping American companies to succeed in India. Amritt is the trusted advisor for India market research, India business development, India market entry, Global Engineering, Global Technology Scouting, India R&D and Open Innovation. Gunjan is author of "Business in 21st Century India: How to Profit Today from Tomorrow’s Most Exciting Market" (Hachette Book Group, 2008), Amazon's top rated title on the subject. He has appeared as the India Expert on BBC Television, Bloomberg TV, Fox Cable Business and has been quoted in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Hollywood Reporter and Business Week for his expertise on India.


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