09 Dec Facebook says open to working with Indian telcos for 5G transition
NEW DELHI: US social networking major Facebook is open to collaborating with the Indian telecom industry to help it transition to the next generation 5G technology, a senior executive said.
“…this transition to 5G is a huge opportunity for India to get up on the front curve of innovation…There is an opportunity to make a lot of core ingredients and device ecosystems in India,” Facebook vice president Dan Rabinovitsj said at the India Mobile Congress 2020.
He said that India has a huge opportunity to work on aspects like transforming total costs of running a network and demonstrating leadership as 5G adoption gains traction across the globe.
Facebook, he said, is focusing on getting more people online and to a faster internet, and collaborating with partners in the ecosystem to help transform the underlying economics of developing and operating telecom networks.
“…one of the biggest opportunities is how do I transform the total costs of running and owning a network, which I think is one of the great opportunities for India to leapfrog the rest of the world,” he said.
India has talent density in this domain, and it is an opportunity to “demonstrate leadership here in a way that you know we haven’t seen in the past”, he added.
The executive also said that 5G has a number of use cases for enterprises which will be willing to pay a premium looking at the application and use cases.
“If you’re looking at factory automation and you need to be able to control robotic arms or just have very accurate control systems or IoT (internet of things) systems in place that are latency sensitive, 5G can be really really helpful,” he said.