Ericsson opens innovation lab in India to let everyone play with 5G

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From left: Minister of State for Communications (I/C) and Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha and Börje Ekholm, president and CEO of Ericsson, at the IIT Delhi. Image credit: Ericsson

Ericsson announced that it has established a Centre of Excellence (CoE) and Innovation Lab for 5G at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi.

India’s Minister of State for Communications (I/C) and Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha said the lab supports the government’s plans to foster a robust and vibrant 5G ecosystem in India.

“We want India to be an active participant in the design, development and manufacture of 5G-based technologies, products and apps,” he said.

Sinha also urged the telecoms industry, academia, students and start-ups to use the lab to develop “new 5G-based apps and business models that could potentially lead to better agricultural yields, better healthcare, smarter cities, more efficient manufacturing and enhanced lifestyles”.

“We need the entire eco system to work together to make 5G a reality in India over the next two to three years,” he said.

A recent Ericsson report forecasts 5G enabled digitization revenue potential in India to reach $27.3 billion by 2026, and that Indian operators can generate additional revenue of $13 billion – or half of the stated potential – if they take up roles beyond being connectivity and infrastructure providers to become service enablers and service creators.

Ericsson says the largest opportunities will be in sectors like manufacturing, energy and utilities, followed by public safety and health sectors. Some of the 5G use cases that could be implemented using the unique features of 5G technology include industrial control and automation, autonomous driving, safety and traffic efficiency services, hospital applications and medical data management amongst others.

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