Samsung India and ITU-APT Foundation of India (IAFI) recently held the 5G Spectrum Conference in New Delhi, providing a forum for global experts to exchange information and experiences regarding regulatory conditions, trials, and implementation opportunities to facilitate development of views on 24.25-29.5 GHz spectrum for 5G. This is the essential spectrum band for 5G deployments globally.
The conference was attended by members of the Department of Telecom (DoT), Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Telecom Engineering Centre (TEC), and Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT). The participants also included a number of key representatives from international organizations and government officials from Korea, Japan, Singapore, and Europe.
“These sessions truly helped understand the flexibility that 5G offers to enable various verticals such as Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) to address the crucial last-mile connectivity problem in India, and the importance of securing both below 6GHz and above 6GHz bands, for enabling 5G India deployments,” said Srinivasan Sundararajan, Vice President, Samsung Networks Business.
The sessions on 5G were designed to provide an overview of the 3GPP-defined 5G Technology across the entire stack and end-to-end, covering the aspects of 5G New Radio (NR), Evolution of Core Network, 5G Security Features, and Emerging 5G Verticals. In addition, these knowledge sessions highlighted the key differences between LTE and 5G, and as well as the new enhancements that sets 5G apart from the conventional 4G/3G systems.
“ITU-APT Foundation of India is very happy to partner with Samsung R&D to deliver these unique knowledge sharing sessions. These are very timely in nature and the feedback has been tremendously positive,” said Bharat Bhatia, President, IAFI, which focusses on development of Indian telecom sector.
The talks also provided an in-depth view into the key concepts of 5G, including the flexibility of 5G NR that meets the requirements of ITU-R vision document – enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), ultra-reliable and low latency (uRLLC), and massive IoT (mIOT), the key concepts of next-generation 5G core (5GC) such as Network Slicing, Service-based Architecture (SBA), 5G security considerations with increased privacy and user plane security, and efforts underway in 3GPP to enable new 5G verticals such as V2X, and Smart Factories.
“It is a unique opportunity and privilege for Samsung to deliver these 5G knowledge sharing sessions. They help the ecosystem in understanding the core aspects of 5G technology, for early preparation around 5G India,” said Suresh Chitturi, Head of Technology Standards, Samsung R&D Institute, Bengaluru.