India’s ICT Industry Capable of Developing 5G Hardware and Software Architecture

Indian ICT industry’s growing capabilities around hardware and Software Architecture development for 5G networks are allowing Japan’s Rakuten to expand its R&D presence in the country to build its Rakuten Communications Platform (RCP).

The ICT industry in India has embraced the journey that Rakuten is moving towards they not only embraced it, but they also wanted to participate, and are always calling us to say how we can help and how we can do more,” Amin said.

OpenRAN as a concept enables hardware and software to be dis-aggregated, unlike conventional radio gears, allowing technology products from different suppliers to co-exist with the various software providers. Indian telcos are eyeing OpenRAN as a viable method to cut network-related costs and bring in more customizations as they upgrade their networks to 5G technology.

It is very plausible and very possible to achieve a day where your traditional Service Assurance, traditional field maintenance, traditional field technician, you have a massive opportunity to transform all this legacy organization as you adopt new platform architecture…OpenRAN is fundamental, but also the data foundation to how you gather data, how you gather telemetry, how you drive towards autonomous network, will give India In my opinion, a distinct opportunity to compete if they embrace these new platform designs,” Amin added.

All three private Indian telcos are eyeing OpenRAN as a viable method to cut network-related costs and bring in more customisations as they upgrade their networks to 5G technology. They are in touch with various companies like NEC, Altiostar and Mavenir among others to adopt the new technology.