NEW DELHI: Korean telecom gear maker Samsung said India will come up with its own 5G specific use cases that could be applicable to other markets and that the company will ensure it has the technology to use in all those situations.
“Government, as part of the 5G forum, included many partners who are focusing on identifying specific use case,” Srini Sundararajan, Samsung India senior vice president and head (network business), told ETin a recent interaction. “We just want to make sure the technology is available to support any of these uses cases.”
India is looking to develop fifth-generation mobile internet system use cases based on its specific needs — farming, education, next-generation manufacturing or surveillance, Sundararajan said. “Education is something we are working with Japan that will be very useful for India,” he said. “There are many use cases that have a lot of societal value and could also play a big part on the 5G rollout.” Samsung is working with the telecom department to help devise the 5G roadmap, Sundararajan said. “Our goal primarily is to work with the DoT and ensure that we are able to show the value of 5G to all relevant people in government and partners of the government.” The company said it is ready for 5G field trials in India, and is awaiting clarity from the telecom department. “We agreed to trials with the government. But clarity has to come from the government on various things,” Sundararajan said.
Samsung said it is ready to support 5G services on both 3.5 GHz and 26-28 GHz bands in India. 5G services using the mid-band or 3.5 GHz will power use cases such as surveillance, smart cities, and smart factories. Fixed wireless access (FWA) could become one of the main use cases of 5G using the 28 GHz band, Sundararajan said.
In India, Samsung is the sole 4G equipment provider for Jio’s network and is also a technology provider for the telco’s narrowband IoT network. “We are agnostic since we have commercial deployments on both sides. We are opening up and showing these use cases. Depending upon where the interest comes both from government and operators, we will drive those use cases,” Sundararajan said.