5G was the primary theme of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year. Therefore with its 5G Innovation Day, Nokia recently tried to show how to bring “Mobile World Congress to the Market” in terms of what is being held as cutting edge technology with 5G being the primary theme this year. Amir Marwah, Head of Marketing and Corporate Affairs Nokia India recently accepted that 5G is much faster in terms of the cycle that 3G or 4G took and therefore isn’t a technology that we should lag behind.
Nokia aims to build a virtual digital city with a section of digital enterprise. To understand how digitalization of the world is happening through 5G, he explained India’s huge appetite for data. Today India is the highest data consuming market in the world; it has surpassed not just US in 2017 but also the fast growing China. He proudly highlighted the fact that India has able to achieve this feat with 10 times less stations than China which means India is using the network in its most “optimal and efficient way”. He stated that mobile data has been exploding in India, not just in the 4G networks but also has a snowballing effect on 3G networks. While an average 4G user is consuming more than 11 GB per month the smart phone ecosystem which is required to accelerate the new tech coming in, has been growing rapidly as well. India has revolutionalised in the last 2 years since 4G was picked by all the operators. And that’s why he called 5G as the 4th industrial revolution since this whole transition will bring betterment of life using this technology. This revolution will create new services which will create new environment making lives more productive.
According to Marwah, “5G is about more: more capacity, more connectivity, more opportunities which are getting incubated” and thus, will in turn help in health care, rural connectivity, medical IoT and even virtualization. Building the world through smarter cities is the idea behind Nokia’s 5G innovation.
He stated the fact that our traditional operator markets like 2G, 3G and 4G are saturating and across the world the growth in that market is limited. On the other hand 5G provides a huge amount of growth in newer technology like clouds and opportunities in digital service providers which enables smart factories and smart cities.
Nokia isn’t just focusing on 5G due to higher broadband or higher connectivity but Mr. Marwah believes that it will actually help economies to grow huge business potential. Nokia is looking at in terms of expanding themselves by not just getting into traditional play but also being a participant in the vertical sectors of smart cities and, cloud and then, cut across it and telecom in terms of what they want to achieve.
He showed that 5G is about 4 pillars: higher data volume, ultra broadband, more reliability, low latency. He provided a comparison between the two networks (4G and 5G) that explained how when the traffic grows, it requires a drastic migration of current networks to what we call the future networks. To give us a “cloudified network” which would give resources which can be shared across with 10 times more speed and 10 times decrease in latency 5G is the natural progression over 4G.
Nokia has changed its thinking from “connecting people” to “connecting people and things” to address various verticals that Nokia is working with that provides these newer opportunities. With that he gave demonstrations of uses of 5G under Digital Life, Digital Home, Digital Service Providers and Remote Future with their innovative presentations. Through these demonstrations he proves that it is not just about mobility and connectivity but also about having the hardware to carry on the data we are looking forward to.