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    Life in the Fast Lane: Nokia Plans to Introduce 5G in India

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    Nokia, which hosted India Innovation Day 2016 on Tuesday, demonstrated the benefits of fifth-generation networks.

    Nokia Networks is in talks with Indian telecom operators to start trials of the next generation technology.

    "5G is about high quality data experience. It will enhance telepresence (web conferencing) to a level where one will not feel the difference if a person is in room or on telepresence. It will be used for purposes beyond voice and data communications carried by people today. It will have less than 1 millisecond latency that will be used by machines for quick action like stopping in case it identifies any obstacle, surgery from a remote location etc.," Nokia Networks Head of Mobile Broadband Milivoj Vela said on the sidelines of the event.

    "One cell (mobile antenna) using 5G will be able to handle 1,000 times more data traffic in 2020 compared to data traffic in 2010. We have already achieved 1 million devices connected to single cell site and 30 gbps speed on 73 Ghz band in lab," he noted.

    "Discussion about the spectrum in which 5G will operate will finish by 2019. Commercial 5G deployment will start in 2020. Then you will see 100 megabit per second guaranteed speed everywhere," Vela said.

    However, Indian telecom operators are still rolling out the 4G coverage over large parts of the country. Vela said that 5G will focus on data services while voice calls will still be facilitated through 4G technology. It will take up to 1-2 years to roll out 4G expansion. For 5G, India will have to wait another few years.

    The Finnish corporation is already testing the fifth-generation networks with global telecom giants like US-based Verizon, Korean SK Telecom and Japan's NTT Docomo.


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