The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with global forum, 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation, or 5G-ACIA, to give shape to India’s 5G mobile communications in different industries, especially in the manufacturing and process sectors.
India is yet to launch 5G technology. Though the spectrum auction to roll out 5G services in the country have been on the cards for this year, the government is yet to decide on the date of it.
The not-for-profit MoU, which will be valid for three years till 2022, will facilitate cooperation between the country’s apex telecom association and the global platform on issues related to 5G and its adoption for industry automation across sectors.
“Under the partnership, both bodies will identify topics of common interest and work to strengthen their relationship and foster closer cooperation on common agenda by joint participation in events, meetings, promotional activities and many other joint initiatives," according to a statement released by the COAI on Friday.
According to the 5G-ACIA’s LinkedIn page, it is the central global forum for shaping 5G in the industrial domain. On the platform, various industries from all over the world jointly create a new information and communications technology (ICT) and operation technology (OT) ecosystem and set framework for a highly attractive emerging market.
“We are excited to partner with the 5G-ACIA, as we endeavour to continuously build our understanding and expertise towards the advancement of modern communication in the country. We truly believe that this partnership will be mutually beneficial and build on insights and learnings to shape Industrial 5G mobile communications and technology effectively" said Rajan S Mathews, director general, COAI.
5G technology will drive and have a significant impact on design, operation and maintenance of factories and their production across the world. In India, manufacturing contributes to about 15% of the overall GDP and supporting the sector with 5G will be crucial, said Andreas Müller, chairman of 5G-ACIA.
“The world is looking towards India how it shapes its Industry 4.0 revolution and high performance wireless communication services as provided by 5G certainly represent a critical enabler in this respect. We are very happy to partner with COAI towards the growth of such technologies and excited to share knowledge and collaborate on various topics of mutual interest with one common goal: Making Industrial 5G become a major success," Muller said.