Swedish firm Ericsson and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly roll out a ‘5G for India’ program. Ericsson has agreed to set up a Center of Excellence with a 5G test bed and incubation center at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi and use this facility to drive the development of India’s 4.5G and 5G ecosystems.
“The program will focus on delivering research, innovation and industrial pilots that use next-generation 5G networks as an enabler. It will help initiate cross-industry research collaborations focused on the integration of ICT in industry processes, products and services,” Paolo Colella, Head of Region India at Ericsson, said.
The first series of tests will begin in the second half of 2017 in India, while globally limited deployment and 5G trials are expected to start by mid-2018 and commercial availability is likely in 2020.
Business Insider reports that in addition to hosting the Center of Excellence, the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, will conduct research and development to explore how some of the country’s challenges can be addressed with mobile technologies and how smart cities can be developed.