“Studies have shown that almost 10 to 12 percent of the overall mobile subscribers today in India can afford a 5G service with a sizable increase in the ARPU to telcos. Over 100 million people can afford a 5G service…that’s a huge latent demand market for the telecom services providers to cash on,” Anand Bhaskar, managing director, service providers, Cisco India & SAARC said at the India Mobile Congress.
“Along with the enterprise market should sort of provide the right sort of philip for the service provider to invest in the 5G market which they have already started doing.”
Cisco, he said, has a big role to play in the Indian telecom market as it not just provides telecom solutions to operators and partners with them to sell solutions to enterprises and industries.
“We work jointly with all the stakeholders to sort of provide a strong ecosystem…we provide the backhaul networks which is the core. We are already working with all of the service providers in India to help upgrade their backhaul networks to be 5G ready,” Bhaskar said.
The executive said that automation is going to be a very critical element of 5G given the sheer proliferation and expansion of the networks, especially for building of the data centers with robust security.
“…we work very closely with the enterprises which are a big part of Cisco’s business to help look at these use cases, partner with the telecom service providers and help sell solutions to the enterprise clients…we also work with the government in creating the infrastructure,” Bhaskar said.