Exclusive: 5G will be a vastly different experience for the end user

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Building the 5G future with fibre

Ankit Agarwal, CEO – Products Business, Sterlite Tech

5G presents an exciting opportunity for the telecom industry. In fact, it provides much more than that, promising a unique service which will create a vastly different world and experience for the end-user. With speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second and latency of one-to-five milliseconds expected to be achieved in the 5G world, the network is paving the way for a new era of technologies such as Virtual and Augmented Reality and autonomous driving.

In emerging countries and hard-to-reach areas across the world, 5G will provide a unique service which will transform sectors such as education, healthcare and governments. By exploiting 5G’s increased bandwidth, these next-generation services can be delivered to locations which would not be accessible otherwise, ensuring that the digital divide can be closed, and new market opportunities can be achieved.

New opportunities
Operators are also set to benefit from 5G’s arrival as the opportunity to launch new revenue-generating services emerges. We’ve already seen the evolution from 3G to 4G, making voice almost redundant as a revenue source and leading to operators finding new market openings by monetising on data – so much so that at one point between 80% and 90% of their revenue came from data. However, this has now plateaued, and operators are looking to adopt new revenue models centred around the high quality of service 5G will provide and which users and enterprises will be willing to pay premium for.

As such, it comes as no surprise that operators, vendors and governments across the world are exploring how they can accelerate the network revolution 5G promises – and fibre is at the heart of these discussions.

Future-proofing fibre
In theory, fibre has no capacity limitation so can be used in network upgrades as backhaul for 5G. Countries across the world are already waking up to this fact, with many government-led broadband initiatives and targets being met with full-fibre offerings.

But as demand for these services continues to rise and operators further expand their fibre footprints at a more rapid rate than ever before, the industry must also consider whether the skilled manpower to deliver the huge demand is available. To face this obstacle head on, operators must coordinate their efforts with vendors, and build training programmes which will equip the workforce with the required skills.

At Sterlite Tech, for example, we are driving this initiative with our own training course which aims to train around 10,000 individuals in India so that the next-generation network can be built within the next 10 years. Work must also be carried out on the fibre itself, ensuring it can be made and designed so that even with limited skilled man power, it can still be deployed at scale. To address this challenge, we are looking at designing pre-connectorised solutions, such as plug and play kits.

The 5G future is fibre
While there may be challenges ahead on the road to 5G, innovative work such as this will help ensure the technology’s full potential is realised – and that fibre will play a key role.

With the 5G spectrum auction on the horizon and chip players looking to develop 5G chips for mobile phones in the next six-months, time is of the essence for the telecom industry and at Sterlite Tech we are committed to ensuring our customers don’t get left behind.

For more details: www.sterlitetech.com
Link to interview: https://www.totaltele.com/500681/Exclusive-5G-will-be-a-vastly-different-experience-for-the-end-user

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