India Mobile Congress: Basic Need To Make Telecom Networks Flexible And Agile

| October 26 , 2018 , 13:52 IST

The 2nd edition of the India Mobile Congress was designed with the latest technology such as facial recognition, connected cars, drones by service providers and equipment makers. There is also a basic need to make telecom networks flexible and agile.

It is learnt that a panel discussed on Thursday ensured simplification and security of the networks while talking about futuristic networks at India Mobile Congress. The panel including Ericsson's David Hammarwall, Nokia’s Phil Twist, Mats Blumenberg of Huawei, Ciena’s Ryan Perera, Suhas Mansingh from Cisco, Vishant Vora from Vodafone Idea and Nivruti Rai of Intel India shared thoughts on reducing complexities of telecom networks.

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According to media reports Vishant Vora, CTO, Vodafone Idea on this said, "We need strong support from traditional suppliers which is growing slowly and it needs to scale in a big way. Today the ideal network exists only in bits and pieces when it comes to a 5G vision."

Talking at the inaugural session of the event, Bharti Airtel Chairman Sunil Mittal said that the telecom sector remained highly taxed like the tobacco industry and that the consolidation in the sector has come at a cost of $50 billion in investment write-off and job losses.

"In India, for every Rs 100 that mobile operators earn, nearly Rs 37 goes towards one form of levy or the other. I cannot see how this contradiction can exist…where on one hand we have PM’s vision of digitally enabled India …which requires tremendous amount of investment, on the other hand we keep the spectrum prices and our licence fee very high…and of course the GST is at 18 per cent which almost is the highest tax bracket," Mittal said on Thursday.

Highlighting the importance of security and simplicity of networks, Suhas Mansingh, VP Engineering Service Provider Networking Systems, Cisco, said, "We need speed in networks with security and flexibility."

"It's not that the technology is not there to design a network, at the end of the day it comes down to flexibility. I don't think networks need to be so complex, we need to flatten the networks," added Mansingh.

Talking about 5G, Twist said, "one of the biggest advantages of 5G is that you can play around with different spectrums." Adding to it, Nivruti Rai, VP, Data Centre Group, Country Head, Intel India said that 5G is very exciting and there is a need to look at how we monetize 5G.