Recently, we had an interview with MD at Cisco Systems for India & SAARC, Sanjay Kaul. We had a discussion on the deployment of 5G tech in India, which as per Kaul will be done by the end of 2020. Let us see what he has to say.
What kind of trends do you see when it comes to data adoption in the country?
If you look at last three years, the amount of data we produced is equal to entire amount of data that we produced in the country for the last 30 years. Our prediction says that it will continue to grow at a faster pace. It owes to the technologies that we have in place like 4G, Wi-Fi, which is emerging as a common resource. Also, our behavior as users on social networks has really helped boom the data. In last one year after Reliance Jio launch, data has reached the next level because it came free and it really proved that there was a hunger for consuming data and I think all that is good news for the industry.
How do you see older technologies like 2G, 3G coexisting with newer technologies like 4G, 5G?
We are a huge country with a huge pyramid where my sense is that 2G will survive at least another five years even though it is an old technology because there are a lot of feature phones still out there and they need to be supported. But in India, four worlds exist; you need to provide for all segments. The technologies namely 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G will coexist but when 5G comes, from an Indian context, 3G will take a slow pace because as you move forward in Gs, 4G to 5G, the technology becomes more efficient and particularly 5G technology has number of inherent advantages–you can do network slicing, it is ready for IoT (Internet of Things) kind of support.
How aggressively do you see telecoms working towards bringing 5G in India?
Everybody’s committed towards rolling out 4G, we’re talking about another 50,000 4G base stations. My sense is that by 2020, you’ll see first deployments of 5G in the country. 5G brings in ultra-speeds, it brings in low latency and for a lay man, who doesn’t understand deep technology, and it means that when you’re consuming high bandwidth services, there is no disruption. Such networks provide seamless connectivity with speeds, ultra-speeds, with really low latency.