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NEW DELHI: US-based Qualcomm is investing in artificial intelligence (AI), advanced antenna features for sub-6GHz, and 5G-driven edge computing to enable its telecom operator customers to serve new use cases and applications that will emerge on the fifth-generation cellular networks.

“We are investing in advanced modems with AI capability that improves modem performance. We are investing in advanced features like eight (8) receive antennas for sub-6 gigahertz. The data needs are going to continue to grow in India so we are already looking at it,” Gautam Sheoran, VP & GM, Wireless Broadband & Communications, Qualcomm Inc., told ETTelecom in an interview.

“In enterprises, work is also happening on 5G on the edge, edge AI for example. So instead of sending all that telemetry data to the cloud, you could just turn it on the device side. This is another area we are investing in,” he added.

Sheoran said that although Indian telecom operators are rolling out networks based on sub-6GHz airwaves, they are discussing trialing the millimeter-wave (mmWave) band for use cases.

“…I know all the operators in India are talking about trialing (mmWave) although they are leading with sub-6 gigahertz. We think millimeter wave will have a very significant role to play as data consumption increases,” the executive added.

The top Indian telecom incumbents Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone Idea acquired spectrum in low-, mid-, and high-band (26GHz) in the country’s first 5G spectrum sale in 2022. Adani Data Networks had acquired 400MHz of the high-band airwaves by paying Rs 212 crore.

The 26GHz band can provide higher throughput, albeit at shorter distances, for bandwidth-intensive applications such as 5G fixed wireless access (FWA), connected vehicles, extended reality (XR), and captive 5G private networks.

“India is one of the countries that allocated significant millimeter wave spectrum to the major operators. Although the operators are trialing small-scale deployments for the fixed wireless access use case for homes, as well as, enterprises. Another use case we see with millimeter wave is the multi-dwelling unit,” said Sheoran.

The latest generation of networks has been touted to economically impact both the consumer and enterprise segments, but as things stand today, other than 5G fixed wireless, no major use case has emerged.

However, the maker of chipsets for smartphones, laptop PCs and infrastructure solutions, is seeing the use of 5G as a backup connectivity solution for small and medium businesses (SMBs), and believes that the same model can be replicated for industrial complexes and bank branches to ensure uninterrupted connectivity and user services.

“We are seeing this in the USA, Europe, Australia, Japan and we think the use case for that in India is also quite significant,” the executive said.

India is one of the key development regions for Qualcomm, housing hardware, software and support engineers, and business staff, Sheoran said. The San Diego-headquartered firm is focused on helping telcos enable 5G FWA and scale it in India.

It is working with Jio for its 5G FWA service, and recently trialed 5G Reduced Capability (RedCap) technology with Airtel and Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson.
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Sheoran said that although Indian telecom operators are rolling out networks based on sub-6GHz airwaves, they are discussing trialing the millimeter-wave (mmWave) band for use cases.

Ashutosh Kumar

  • Updated On May 20, 2024 at 02:00 PM IST

NEW DELHI: US-based Qualcomm is investing in artificial intelligence (AI), advanced antenna features for sub-6GHz, and 5G-driven edge computing to enable its telecom operator customers to serve new use cases and applications that will emerge on the fifth-generation cellular networks.

“We are investing in advanced modems with AI capability that improves modem performance. We are investing in advanced features like eight (8) receive antennas for sub-6 gigahertz. The data needs are going to continue to grow in India so we are already looking at it,” Gautam Sheoran, VP & GM, Wireless Broadband & Communications, Qualcomm Inc., told ETTelecom in an interview.

“In enterprises, work is also happening on 5G on the edge, edge AI for example. So instead of sending all that telemetry data to the cloud, you could just turn it on the device side. This is another area we are investing in,” he added.

Sheoran said that although Indian telecom operators are rolling out networks based on sub-6GHz airwaves, they are discussing trialing the millimeter-wave (mmWave) band for use cases.

“…I know all the operators in India are talking about trialing (mmWave) although they are leading with sub-6 gigahertz. We think millimeter wave will have a very significant role to play as data consumption increases,” the executive added.

The top Indian telecom incumbents Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone Idea acquired spectrum in low-, mid-, and high-band (26GHz) in the country’s first 5G spectrum sale in 2022. Adani Data Networks had acquired 400MHz of the high-band airwaves by paying Rs 212 crore.

The 26GHz band can provide higher throughput, albeit at shorter distances, for bandwidth-intensive applications such as 5G fixed wireless access (FWA), connected vehicles, extended reality (XR), and captive 5G private networks.

“India is one of the countries that allocated significant millimeter wave spectrum to the major operators. Although the operators are trialing small-scale deployments for the fixed wireless access use case for homes, as well as, enterprises. Another use case we see with millimeter wave is the multi-dwelling unit,” said Sheoran.

The latest generation of networks has been touted to economically impact both the consumer and enterprise segments, but as things stand today, other than 5G fixed wireless, no major use case has emerged.

However, the maker of chipsets for smartphones, laptop PCs and infrastructure solutions, is seeing the use of 5G as a backup connectivity solution for small and medium businesses (SMBs), and believes that the same model can be replicated for industrial complexes and bank branches to ensure uninterrupted connectivity and user services.

“We are seeing this in the USA, Europe, Australia, Japan and we think the use case for that in India is also quite significant,” the executive said.

India is one of the key development regions for Qualcomm, housing hardware, software and support engineers, and business staff, Sheoran said. The San Diego-headquartered firm is focused on helping telcos enable 5G FWA and scale it in India.

It is working with Jio for its 5G FWA service, and recently trialed 5G Reduced Capability (RedCap) technology with Airtel and Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson.

  • Published On May 20, 2024 at 02:00 PM IST

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NEW DELHI: US-based Qualcomm is investing in artificial intelligence (AI), advanced antenna features for sub-6GHz, and 5G-driven edge computing to enable its telecom operator customers to serve new use cases and applications that will emerge on the fifth-generation cellular networks.

“We are investing in advanced modems with AI capability that improves modem performance. We are investing in advanced features like eight (8) receive antennas for sub-6 gigahertz. The data needs are going to continue to grow in India so we are already looking at it,” Gautam Sheoran, VP & GM, Wireless Broadband & Communications, Qualcomm Inc., told ETTelecom in an interview.

“In enterprises, work is also happening on 5G on the edge, edge AI for example. So instead of sending all that telemetry data to the cloud, you could just turn it on the device side. This is another area we are investing in,” he added.

Sheoran said that although Indian telecom operators are rolling out networks based on sub-6GHz airwaves, they are discussing trialing the millimeter-wave (mmWave) band for use cases.

“…I know all the operators in India are talking about trialing (mmWave) although they are leading with sub-6 gigahertz. We think millimeter wave will have a very significant role to play as data consumption increases,” the executive added.

The top Indian telecom incumbents Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone Idea acquired spectrum in low-, mid-, and high-band (26GHz) in the country’s first 5G spectrum sale in 2022. Adani Data Networks had acquired 400MHz of the high-band airwaves by paying Rs 212 crore.

The 26GHz band can provide higher throughput, albeit at shorter distances, for bandwidth-intensive applications such as 5G fixed wireless access (FWA), connected vehicles, extended reality (XR), and captive 5G private networks.

“India is one of the countries that allocated significant millimeter wave spectrum to the major operators. Although the operators are trialing small-scale deployments for the fixed wireless access use case for homes, as well as, enterprises. Another use case we see with millimeter wave is the multi-dwelling unit,” said Sheoran.

The latest generation of networks has been touted to economically impact both the consumer and enterprise segments, but as things stand today, other than 5G fixed wireless, no major use case has emerged.

However, the maker of chipsets for smartphones, laptop PCs and infrastructure solutions, is seeing the use of 5G as a backup connectivity solution for small and medium businesses (SMBs), and believes that the same model can be replicated for industrial complexes and bank branches to ensure uninterrupted connectivity and user services.

“We are seeing this in the USA, Europe, Australia, Japan and we think the use case for that in India is also quite significant,” the executive said.

India is one of the key development regions for Qualcomm, housing hardware, software and support engineers, and business staff, Sheoran said. The San Diego-headquartered firm is focused on helping telcos enable 5G FWA and scale it in India.

It is working with Jio for its 5G FWA service, and recently trialed 5G Reduced Capability (RedCap) technology with Airtel and Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson.
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