05 Nov Continue to partner with telecom carriers to bring internet benefits to everyone: Cisco’s Miyuki Suzuki
NEW DELHI: India’s fifth-generation or 5G technology potential is higher than the most-advanced countries worldwide, and the US-based Cisco Systems would continue to partner with telecom carriers to bring affordable data services to everyone, the company’s top executive said.
“The value of 5G in India, in many ways, is higher than in advanced countries as it enables India to jump straight to smart infrastructure, and that comes at a lower cost but with faster delivery,” Cisco Asia president Mayuki Suzuki told ETTelecom.
Suzuki believes that in order to unleash the power of 5G and scale, partnerships would play a critical role.
“We will continue to explore partnerships with service providers in India to help bring the benefits of the internet to everyone,” the executive said.
In an ambition to deliver the ‘most affordable’ data services, and accelerating India’s broadband index, the US multinational is aggressively working with India’s top telecom operators — Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel on creating next-generation networks.
Billionaire Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio, in partnership with Cisco, is building a first-of-its-kind 5G-ready network, transforming the digital services space and creating an ecosystem of network, devices, applications, and content at an affordable cost.
Suzuki said that the multinational is propelling India to reach a top spot in mobile broadband consumption by automating the world’s first and largest exchange-to-exchange all-IP network in the world, from cell site to data center, delivering the most affordable services to the Indians.
The telecom networking major has also partnered with Sunil Mittal-driven Bharti Airtel to launch India’s largest 5G-ready, 200G IP, and optical-integrated network designed to enhance network availability, capacity, and scale.
Both rivals – Jio and Aitel – are accelerating their network-readiness efforts to commercially launch 5G services, following the airwaves auction in the 3300 MHz-3600 MHz spectrum band which though they said were unreasonably priced, and sought more frequencies for low-latency data networks.
Chuck Robbins who is heading the company since 2015, made frequent visits to India, and previously said that the pace and scale of digitalisation in the country remained unparalleled, and continue to drive the country’s digital efforts in both private and public domains.
Cisco, according to Suzuki, is enabling India to accelerate digitisation as the company continues to enable businesses in their digital roadmap and has already earmarked $5 billion fund for telecom service providers to accelerate 5G deployments worldwide with Indian telcos taking a major fund chunk in the region.
With the onset of 5G, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-headed Indian government aims to enhance its economic activity, and according to a finding, the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) is likely to increase by up to 0.5 percent.
The San Jose-headquartered company believes that 5G would continue to be a core growth anchor for its business in India until 2025, and the country could become one of the top geographies to drive revenue worldwide.
“We believe that in the emerging or no-touch economy, infrastructure modernisation, workplace transformation, small businesses, and 5G will be the key growth drivers for Cisco in India over the next three to five years,” she said.
“We see great opportunities in India, which is on track to become one of Cisco’s top markets globally,” the top executive added.
India has delivered robust growth for the multinational over the last five years and it continued to grow faster in the market, and it further aims to tap enterprise verticals such as manufacturing, retail, and small business.